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Follow the live blog of David J. Hand keynote

David J. Hand is Senior Research Investigator and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College London. His speech at Discovery Summit Europe 2016 in Amsterdam this morning is titled, "Playing in Everyone's Backyard."

The speech title is a reference to John Tukey's famous statement: “The best thing about statistics is that you get to play in everyone’s backyard.”

In this speech, Hand strongly encourages us to raise public awareness of the foundational role of statistics. He wants everyone to understand that “statistics is the science of extracting information from data,” and “it is thus through statistics that we understand the world, make better decisions and improve the human condition.”

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