How I Learned to Love Statistics

Minitab Blog Editor 15 April, 2011

Eston MartzSome people take to statistics and data analysis naturally. They're attracted to numbers and aren't intimidated by formulas full of arcane symbols drawn from long-dormant languages.

That's not me. 

My name is Eston Martz, and I gravitate to words, not numbers. In school I was the kid completely unfazed by William Faulkner and James Joyce. But Statistics? It stupefied me. I feared it. 

And that's a shame, because analyzing data is an extremely powerful tool to help us understand the world--which is why statistics is central to quality improvement methods like Lean Six Sigma.  

While working as a writer, I began to appreciate the beauty in a robust, thorough analysis. I wanted to learn more. To the astonishment of my friends, I started a master's degree in applied statistics.  And since I joined Minitab, I've learned that a lot of people feel the same way about statistics as I used to. They'd rather sit on a pair of tacks than attempt a paired t-test.

That's why I write for Minitab's blog: I've overcome fear of statistics and acquired a real passion for it. And if I can learn to understand and apply statistics, so can you.

I'll be writing about statistics in the news and in life, and trying to explain them clearly and directly. And I'll be sharing links to resources that have helped me, as well as the tools that make data analysis easier. Thanks for joining me on this journey!