Linking statistics with ecology

Guest contribution by Henrik von Wehrden

There was a recent editorial in Science about the rising demand for statistics (M. Davidian, T.A. Louis, Why Statistics? Science 335, 12 2012). It inspired us to write a short comment in response stating our perspective on that issue. We believe that statisticians should not only be familiar with statistics but also with a given scientific field, and should facilitate methodological exchange between disciplines. Such an approach was taken quite recently at Leuphana University in Germany. Here, a Center for Methods was established, bringing together different disciplines and statistical expertise.

Find our full comment on the Science website:

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