Sometimes you read a blog post, and it sounds like something you’d like to write:
For 25 years I have been an intrepid statistical consultant, tackling the wild frontiers of real data, real problems and real time constraints. I have faced problems ranging from linguistics to river beds, from making paper plates to selling pies at the MCG, from tax office audits to surveys about the colour purple. University education helps prepare you to be a statistical consultant in the same way that Google maps helps prepare you to cross the Simpson Desert. You have some idea of the main features, but when you get there, nothing looks familiar.
That’s from Rob Hyndman, who in addition to his consulting is a professor of statistics at Monash University, Australia, author of a few books, a journal editor, and author of the R forecasting package. He’s also a helpful guy over at Cross-Validated (a Q&A site for statistics questions).
I think everybody who’s done consulting either inside or outside an organization has had some of these adventures, and it would be good to hear Rob’s.
http://t.co/sLSUZubR for more info.