After reading another article about the flood of data that we’re drowning and struggling to stay afloat in, I wondered, “If everyone is drowning in data, does that mean statisticians are the life preservers?” Some agreed, but others went a slightly different route. Some said plumbers, and others said lifeguards. Someone said they’re the annoying kid doing cannonballs.
The metaphor seems to change depending on where you’re sitting and what body of water you’re in, so just for kicks and giggles, let’s see how far we can stretch this metaphor. If data is the tsunami and people are drowning, what does that make statisticians, data scientists, and information designers? Plus points for ridiculousness.