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Volume 14  Number 25

23 MAY 2013
NSCB in the News

GoodNews Pilipinas--More than the white-sand beaches and awe-inspiring caves, it is the Filipinos’ attitude toward visitors that is most liked by tourists who flocked the country, the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) said.

Rappler - MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines was elected to the governing council of the United Nations Statistical Institute of Asia and Pacific (UNSIAP), according to a statement of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) on Monday, May 6.

The UNSIAP is a Tokyo-based training center for government statisticians from developing countries in the Asia Pacific region. It was established in 1970 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and 20 founding member countries which includes the Philippines.

 

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sexy statistics

It’s More Fun to be a Statistician!
by Jose Ramon G. Albert, Ph.D

Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, was quoted to have said:  “the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians, and I’m not kidding,” (See, .e.g., Steve Lohr’s article For Today’s Graduate, Just One Word:  Statistics I certainly would not have become a statistician if I did not agree with Hal Varian.  When I was in high school, my fourth year Math teacher Mr. Irineo David encouraged me to be an actuary. I opted to take a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics degree with concentration in Statistics at De La Salle University, and eventually took graduate studies in Statistics overseas. I was always fascinated with games of chance and thought that learning probability and statistics would teach me how to improve my chances of winning mahjong or the lotto. But in college and graduate school, what I learned and understood from my studies in statistics was the law of gambler’s ruin--- that in the long run, a player in a game of chance always loses!  So those of you who start to lose in a game of chance, and who think there is time to recover, be forewarned about the law of gambler’s ruin, i.e., if you keep playing on, you lose all your finite money against a house with much more (i.e., infinite) money!

 

announcements

NSCB to live stream and live tweet 1st Qtr 2013 National Accounts  Presscon;
and to launch redesigned website

he press conference on the 1st Qtr National Accounts scheduled on May 30, 2013 at 10:00am will be streamed live on the Internet through the NSCB USTREAM channel http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nscb Highlights of the press conference will also be tweeted live all throughout the duration of the press conference through the NSCB Twitter account @NSCBPhilippines. The hashtag to be used during the presscon is #PHgdp.

Notice of Acceptance/
Non-Acceptance of Abstracts

The Subcommittee on Scientific Program for the 12th National Convention on Statistics (NCS) together with the NSCB Technical Staff is currently reviewing the abstracts received as of 15 April 2013 from prospective paper writers. Notice of acceptance or non-acceptance to authors is extended to 31 May 2013.

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