Sunday, January 10, 2010

Programmers And Statistics

A recent post on Slashdot links to this (strongly worded) article urging programmers to learn some statistics.

I am certainly not one of the programmers he mentions who pretends to a deep knowledge of statistics. I took it in college, got an A, and forgot just about everything except calculating a mean and a median. I can define a standard deviation, with a bit of hand-waving.

But his article is inspiring, especially because I want our team to own the load testing of our application. I (somewhat) recently bought Statistics In A Nutshell, so maybe I'll pick it up again at some point.

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