ENBIS-16 in Sheffield

11 – 15 September 2016; Sheffield Abstract submission: 20 March – 4 July 2016

Interactive Session on Communication in Statistics and its Pitfalls

13 September 2016, 09:20 – 10:00


Submitted by
Kristina Krebs
Kristina Lurz (prognostica GmbH), Jacqueline Asscher (Kinneret College), Kathrin Plankensteiner (Julius Blum GmbH), Kostas Triantafyllopoulos (University of Sheffield)
We data analysts frequently get in touch with people from other disciplines. We often experience a gap between what our client in a statistical consultancy project expects and what statistics can deliver. Not only do we need excellent knowledge on the subject matter, but also good communication skills to explain the potential as well as limitations of statistics in such a way that we are understood and that we ourselves can understand what is required, while still acting in a statistically correct way.
The Young Statisticians Session is an interactive session that will reveal some of the good and bad approaches that can be adopted, not only when we statisticians talk with others of our profession, but also when we need to apply and explain our subject to someone in a different field. The session consists of two interconnected parts: A presentation by an experienced professional statistician, Olivia Bluder, as well as roleplaying exercises. In these roleplaying exercises we will demonstrate what can go wrong, how inappropriate statistical advice may result in confusion, what we can do to improve our communication skills, and more. The actors will not know of the topics beforehand and will therefore act spontaneously in the scenarios. If you would like to actively participate in the exercises, please email us before the conference (kristina.lurz@prognostica.de)! With your contribution, we are looking forward to a lively and informative session!

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