Big Data has the potential to fundamentally change the way federal statistics are produced and disseminated. If statistical agencies are to retain their unique role as the trusted source of statistics, they must reconsider the way data are being generated and used. Fortunately, statisticians are responding to this call to action.
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With the big celebrations of the ASA’s 175th anniversary behind us, it’s only natural to ponder what the 25 years leading up to the association’s bicentennial will hold for statistical science. To get a glimpse of that future, we asked a group of ASA members and others in statistics to peer into their crystal balls and offer a projection.