Almost every stat was, at some point, new. Stats are now a part of the mainstream conversation, not relegated to the deep corners of the Internet. That data gives us a better idea -- and more groups are racing to collect it.
Since the beginning of November, we have been tracking consumer's Thanksgiving plans and traditions, while also looking at Thanksgiving data from the previous year to study the changes. We learned a lot.
We, as citizens, need to understand how to benefit from our personal data. Statistics is well equipped to help us understand the impact of data on our lives and to prepare a future work force that can make meaningful discoveries from this data deluge.
Times have changed. From Google chief economist Hal Varian's well-circulated 2009 quote in The New York Times that "the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians" to the assertions of numerous blog posts and articles, statistics is "hot."
Many years ago, in my college yearbook, I listed my intended future occupation as "Bayesian soothsayer." In retrospect, I can see that my invented profession served its purposes well; but strangely enough, I now realize that it actually exists.