Monday, September 27, 2010
...University, Mathematics and Statistics...
Raw deal for maths and statistics in research workforce strategy
SPECIFIC bottlenecks such as mathematics and statistics have been overlooked in the federal government's research workforce strategy consultation paper.
The response by the Australian Academy of Science's national committee for mathematical sciences to the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research paper said that in the vital area of statistics, research expertise had collapsed in the past 15 years.
Mathematical sciences had lost one-third of teaching and research staff in universities.
"Our latest surveys show around half of Australian universities no longer offer an undergraduate major in statistics and around a quarter similarly for mathematics," the national committee said.
...mathematics and the use of statistics to accommodate experimental data to a mathematical model of reality are mere quantifications of reality, sometimes very useful...!
...but statistics about a human population data and functioning, are a result of what government could avoid or change !
...i must add that the bigger the sampling of a group the more exact a statistics study result becomes !
...statistics is interesting to know, but does not have much use in real situations that do not follow mathematics !
...a population census certainly permits a government program bettering and help for its population...! but also it provides numbers and data that are a disgrace to know about publicly ! but the public or somebody like parliament and journalists and newspapers have to know about this !
...the slow separation of University studies from the work force reality is getting to be quite noticeable !
...by all means you need computers for in depth statistical studies and modeling !
...i used statistics in laboratory work to correlate data to some mathematical function to be able to do calculations of the given physics/hydraulics problem or other !
...as the data was very uncorrelated in reality, i was suggested to correlate it...! in this case it would not have been a crucial issue ! only my credibility when compared to other similar laboratory studies ! i soon put this venture in hydraulics to a finale as my subconscious mind has done many a time !
...my mind wanted what it has now, pure logic...!