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Why no unsolved probs in stats?

  1. Feb 11, 2006 #1
    it seems like all the major problems in math/stats are only in math. why is that? is it because stats is a relatively new field of study (got started ~50yrs ago i think by florence nightingale?), not counting gauss' central limit theorem? or is it because statisticians only work with data collected in experiments, making it extremely concrete/experimental compared with math (esp pure math)? (that might come across as more ignorant that i want it to :blushing: ) what's the equivalent of the riemann hypothesis in statistics, if there is one?
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  3. Feb 11, 2006 #2

    matt grime

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    Florence Nightingale died in the early 1900s, she was born in the early 1800s.

    Apart from that I have little to offer in this.
  4. Feb 11, 2006 #3


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    Dearly Missed

    Also, she had a pet owl.
  5. Feb 23, 2006 #4
    You can get a Ph.D. in statistics, so there must be some research in the field

    Here's a link to the University of Minnesota's Statistics Department. There are links to faculty research areas from here

    http://www.stat.umn.edu/Research/Profile.html [Broken]
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  6. Mar 4, 2006 #5
    Why not do research on brownian motion?
  7. Mar 11, 2006 #6


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    Statistics does not necessarily always work with data. There are unsolved problems in statistics. If there weren't, the stock market would not exist, for example.
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