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Abstract stands at the intersection of two current trends: (1) an acute shortage of analytic and statistics skills in the labor force and (2) a blossoming of different models for online delivery of higher education. A recent report by the McKinsey Global Institute forecasts a current and continuing shortfall of 140,000–190,000 workers with ‘deep analytical skills’. The skills referred to are in the area of statistics, data mining, and machine learning. Also in the news have been recent ventures by Stanford and other premier universities to offer high-quality free courses in this area to massive audiences in excess of 100,000. has been building an online program in these subjects since 2002, and now offers 100-plus online 4-week courses, relying on an extensive faculty of expert statisticians, and a mixture of traditional and innovative approaches. WIREs Comput Stat 2012, 4:513–517. doi: 10.1002/wics.1225

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