What do you call yourself?

Hunt, Lesley (huntl@agresearch.cri.nz)
Wed, 25 Feb 1998 13:14:51 +1300


Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998 13:14:51 +1300
From: "Hunt, Lesley" <huntl@agresearch.cri.nz>
Subject: What do you call yourself?
To: "'ANZSTAT'" <anzstat@qut.edu.au>

> What's in a name?
> 
> I am interested in what name "statisticians" give themselves and what
> they think it means.  I had this note from a friend:-
> 
> 'My colleague and I have problems about what to call ourselves.  The
> usual term 
> is biostatisticians but if we go to a biostatistical conference, or
> read 
> Statistics in Medicine there is very little that is applied enough for
> 
> us.  So we have come up with the following definitions
> 
> Statistician - someone who works with theory and never sees data
> Biostatistician - someone who works on simulated data
> Jobbing statistician - someone who works on real data and is more 
> interested in the answer than the process.
> 
> Another colleague thinks some biostatisticians would be offended by
> this 
> definition so I said "good".  There would be less reason for saying it
> 
> if it didn't offend someone.'
> 
> What do you call yourself?  
> What do you mean by it (briefly)?  
> What do these other names mean to you?
> 
> Statistician
> Biostatistician
> Biometrician
> etc
> 
> I have a research interest in statisticians and I am one myself.  I
> will post a summary of the responses I get back into this bulletin
> board.
> 
> I look forward to hearing from you.
> 
> Lesley Hunt
> AgResearch
> Lincoln
> NZ