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Born and raised in the Bronx, I initially studied Pre-Med then cognitive psychology, which is an experimental branch of psychology, how we think and process information. Psychology completely lacked the tools to study individuals. So I made the change to the University of Illinois and the mathematical/statistical end of psychology, where I received a PhD. I switched from academia to becoming a full time statistician for the pharmaceutical/medical device industry. I was a statistician for 30 years, helping to prove that the drugs you take both work and are safe. I’ve witnessed the birth of a number of useful drugs, as well as their death when they aren’t safe or effective. For those of you who have heard the claim “Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics”, the answer is NO. Statisticians are not liars – they follow very rigid rules which prevent lies. In case you’re wondering why, it’s the same reason the protagonist of the book, David, would never consider lying. If everything you do is being monitored and archived, your truthfulness is completely open for review by those who have access to it (i.e., in the lingo of the story – the ‘Ins’). Under those conditions telling the truth is as natural as breathing, with the negative equally true – lying is completely alien and doomed to certain failure. ComHead lies at the core of me. As we might say in mathematics, ComHead lies at the intersection of my history in Pre-Med, cognitive psychology, advanced statistics, the FDA, very long commutes to work, and a loving wife. Allen I. Fleishman, PhD, PStat® October 11, 2019Read more Read less
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