Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2006 16:01:36 -0400
Reply-To: "Audimar P. Bangi" <audi@SAS2THEMAX.COM>
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From: "Audimar P. Bangi" <audi@SAS2THEMAX.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.
> This is just flat out wrong, I have been on both sides if this fence and
> both require major trianing. You can send people through both crash
> and you end up with crappy stats and programming guys and gals. The
> study I saw found that it took around 10 years of intense practice at a
> particular field to be really good at it. I have yet to find someone who
> neve rprogrammed in their life that took a crash course ( still not sure
> what this is ) and have them be able to program worth a damn.
I kind of agree with the original poster. I would think that it's relatively
easier to become a C# or Visual Basic programmer in 24 hours by reading a
dummies book like "C# for Dummies" or "Visual Basic for Dummies", than to
become a statistician by reading the book "Statistics for Dummies"
It's not a question of being really good at what you're doing, which the
original post didn't imply.