We’re statisticians. We don’t program.— Anonymous statistician
I was talking to a small group of statisticians a few months ago, and someone said that to me when I told them how I go about mucking around with data. It still annoys me just thinking about it. It wasn’t that he didn’t know how to program — because that’s perfectly understandable — but he said it in a way as if programming and statistics were so separate that there was no possible way the two could go together.
Let’s set things straight before this silly idea spreads further. Programming and statistics belong together, and you don’t have to be a coding genius for it to work.