Friday, February 09, 2018

Professor Neil J. Salkind RIP #statistics

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For over five years now I have been teaching statistics at NCI, and there's no doubt in my mind that the textbook "Statistics for people who (think they) hate statistics" has been a centre piece for me in preparing for classes, using explanations and examples in my notes, setting tutorials, and getting ideas for exam questions. Salkind's writing style is both humorous and informative - for me he has a brilliant, yet easy, way of explaining statistics so that they can be understood by almost everybody. I have often said to students that his book is my favourite textbook, and if I was ever to write a statistics book I would want it to be like his.

I have never met or communicated with Professor Salkind. Yesterday, while looking up details in Google to order the 6th edition of his book, I was shocked to see an obituary notice for him. He died on 18th November last year. I feel so sad - the world has lost a great teacher. I dedicated my Statistics class last evening to his honour.

Rest in Peace.

Here is Professor Salkind speaking briefly about the 5th edition of his well-known textbook:

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