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A Revealer of Secrets in the Data of Life and the ­niverse

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Donald Richards, Penn State

Donald Richards at Pennsylvania State University, where he is a professor of statistics, in February.

Credit: Jessica Kourkounisfor Quanta Magazine

In statistics, abstract math meets real life. To find meaning in unruly sets of raw numbers, statisticians like Donald Richards first look for associations: statistical links between, say, smoking and lung cancer, or the closing values of the New York Stock Exchange one day and the Tokyo exchange the next.

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