Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2006 10:51:49 -0700
Reply-To: David L Cassell <davidlcassell@MSN.COM>
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From: David L Cassell <davidlcassell@MSN.COM>
Subject: Re: Job Security? was Joe Security
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> >>Programmers can be created by some kind of crash course but not
> >>Statisticians, hence no need to worry.
>I'm now several months into cleaning up my third "Rube Goldberg" machine
>of a SAS based data management and reporting application that was
>initially born and "developed" for years based on this mentality.
>The flip-side of this is that I worked my way through grad school in
>stats at a very large high tech company. Out of the several stat/data
>related jobs I put in for after graduating, the attitude was: why would
>we hire you for this when we can just send an engineer to a stats class?
>Companies never have enough money to do it right the first time, but can
>somehow find the money to clean up the mess. I guess that is what keeps
>some of us employeed!
There's never enough money to do it right.
There's always enough money to do it twice.
Keith said that about government research projects, but it seems
to apply *everywhere*.
David L. Cassell
3115 NW Norwood Pl.
Corvallis OR 97330
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