Grad Student Seminar: Stefanos Kechagias, SAS
Analytical Consulting & Enterprise Solutions,
Scratch out “learn TensorFlow” from your New Year bucket list. In goes “learn how to tell valuable stories”
In this talk we will discuss three Story Telling Mediums statisticians employ to share their expert knowledge: scientific writing, technical presentations and development of statistical software. First, we will lay out proper foundations of scientific writing by placing the reader at the center of a statistician’s thought process. Under this reader-centric prism we will review examples of writing rules and discuss why we must know them, how we should use them and when we can disregard them. We will then switch gears to technical presentations for audiences of mixed academic or industry backgrounds and for listeners and viewers of various technical competencies, focusing on preparation and only briefly elaborating on delivery. We will conclude our ambitious threefold goal by shedding light on standard shortcomings of software development processes and practices that statisticians often adopt.