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 February 25th, 2015, 12:08 PM #1 Member   Joined: Jul 2014 From: Seattle Posts: 96 Thanks: 2 Love math, don't enjoy statistics... Hey guys, Firstly, I thought this was the most appropriate sub-forum but if not then feel free to move it (my question is aimed more at pure math types hence why I didn't post it in the statistics sub-forum). So I've always loved math, why wouldn't I? I only recently started learning a bit of statistics, I've always only done "pure" math but I figured hey it's math so I'll love it. The problem is, I really don't. I find it really boring and there is this insane stuff about how a distribution "looks" and so on (for instance). I wanted to know if firstly, is this just in the stats 101 type courses - does it get more rigorous/precise when learned at a higher level? Secondly, if the answer to my first question is no then does anyone else find this? It seems like everyone I know who is a "math person" loves statistics which leads me to thinking I'm either missing something about stats or if not then whether I'm the odd one out here. Look forward to any input you guys have. -3uler.
 February 25th, 2015, 12:41 PM #2 Global Moderator     Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC -5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 933 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms I've never enjoyed stats, even though I like math a lot. I had the same experience of finding them 'dirty' next to the pristine grandeur of mathematics. On the other hand, I've found statistics extremely useful, so I'd encourage you to take at least a bit (and maybe more than that!). Thanks from MarkFL and 3uler
 February 25th, 2015, 02:35 PM #3 Senior Member   Joined: Sep 2013 From: Earth Posts: 827 Thanks: 36 Same goes to mechanics for me.
 February 25th, 2015, 02:56 PM #4 Math Team   Joined: Jul 2011 From: Texas Posts: 2,625 Thanks: 1306 Math majors at my University were split into three tracks of concentrated study ... pure math, applied math, and stats. We affectionately referred to stat students as "bean counters". I concentrated in applied math, and looking back, statistics might have been a better choice ... many "bean counters" became licensed actuaries and made the big $$working for insurance firms. February 25th, 2015, 03:05 PM #5 Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC -5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 933 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms Quote:  Originally Posted by skeeter I concentrated in applied math, and looking back, statistics might have been a better choice ... many "bean counters" became licensed actuaries and made the big$$\$ working for insurance firms.
I've heard (but don't have data to support) that stats majors make good money compared to math majors.

February 27th, 2015, 04:01 AM   #6
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 Originally Posted by CRGreathouse I've never enjoyed stats, even though I like math a lot. I had the same experience of finding them 'dirty' next to the pristine grandeur of mathematics. On the other hand, I've found statistics extremely useful, so I'd encourage you to take at least a bit (and maybe more than that!).
It's nice to know I'm not alone in this!

That's what I keep reminding myself of which is strange because that's exactly the opposite of what I think with math. I don't care about how useful it is, I just think its awesome. I'm trying to get into it in some way but it's not happening yet!

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Luckily we generally don't get into math for the money!

February 27th, 2015, 05:30 AM   #7
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 Originally Posted by 3uler Luckily we generally don't get into math for the money!
It's not a bad way to make money, but if you want to make math *by* doing math you'll need to get a PhD or a Master's at least. But even a Bachelor's in math opens a lot of doors (just to something other than pure math).

And of course the enjoyment is there -- that's why I took it, rather than for any career reason.

February 27th, 2015, 07:26 AM   #8
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 Originally Posted by CRGreathouse It's not a bad way to make money, but if you want to make math *by* doing math you'll need to get a PhD or a Master's at least. But even a Bachelor's in math opens a lot of doors (just to something other than pure math). And of course the enjoyment is there -- that's why I took it, rather than for any career reason.
It can definitely be lucrative but most people who want to make money do business etc. Even if you wish to make money with math, you pretty much do it because you're passionate anyway. Don't you agree?

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