Valuable Lessons I Learned in Statistics


So we had this beautiful professor in the UST Graduate School.

She is a jetsetter, witty, and a very accommodating professor, she makes me love Statistics more.

I want to share some of valuable lessons in life I learned from studying Statistics through her and added with my real life application.

  1. “We are living in a DATA WORLD.”
  • That’s why we really need to maximize the use of technology in our school works, researches, and presentations.
  1. “Face to face interview is the most effective means of collecting data.”
    • You can do this during your date with a prospect mate.
  2. “It’s not about the proportion; it’s about how you present the portion of your sample.”
    • Like in resume or curriculum vitae, we really need to give our best shot (And info!). With regards to thesis/dissertation or real life application, one of the problems encountered is we tend to generalize our conclusions using a very limited source like: ALL MEN are UNFAITHFUL. How do you say so? Have you observed all men? Can their family/cultural background, environment, experiences, thought content affect their behaviors of being unfaithful? Let’s not totally jump into conclusions and generalize. The key here is that type of Statistical tools we need to use depends on our data. Are our respondents homogenous (with similar characteristics) or heterogeneous (with different characteristics) in nature? Who are our respondents? Do they have pre-existing clusters/segments?
  3. “When you simplified your data through table/chart, the data will tell you the trends and patterns of behaviors.”
    • We can apply this when we check our investments, are we profiting or not? What to do if there is an inflation rate? Are you going to buy more Stocks when the Stock price goes down?
  4. “Simplify things, people will admire you. Data should stand by itself.”
    • One of the pitfalls in doing research, presentations, in writing journals or articles, is when the writer or presenter uses hifalutin words or highly technical words that cannot be easily understand by the readers or listeners. Remember this, if you can laymanize the technical terms, meaning, you can make a technical term understandable with the people outside your profession, and the readers understand your point, then you are an effective writer or presenter. You are sharing your studies to help people benefit from your research, and not to mislead them or make them feel inferior by your hifalutin words.
  5. “Variability of responses makes life exciting.”
    • It is great that as human beings, we can look at a scenario and see different perspective. And it’s funny to see how people react to certain pictures posted in Facebook such as memes. Can you imagine a world wherein we only have the same one opinion, the same one decision, and the same one perspective?
  6. “Every data tells something about yourself. Extreme data makes you feel someone special.”
    • We are unique on our own. We have different family backgrounds, we are living in different environment, we studied in different schools, and we have different cultures and experiences. Only you can live your life perfectly. Yes, there are things within our control and there are things beyond our control. So in the things within our control, it is for our own good to maximize every opportunity and every single breath we have (it is our own decision to have a happy morning) and it is our own will to have a positive approach to life. Your positivity cannot be taken away from you. It is the second thing in the world, aside from knowledge that cannot be stolen from you.

“It’s an honor to be a leader of the dynamic, funny, and caring Statistics group mates namely: Sr. Geraldine Concordo, Waldie Dela Cruz, Lemuelle Dizon, and Niña Maricheliz Ubalde. Special thanks to my dear Indonesian friend, Marcella Mariska Aryono for the great help.”

“Positivity is being uniquely you and happiness comes from within you.”

© Jennifer Francia P. Villanueva, RPm

Statistics in UST Graduate School

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Dr. Tan

Ms. Maria Olivia C. Tan serves as Department Head of Scientific Data Management & Analysis, Department Head of Recruitment and General Manager of Manila at Medicus Research LLC. Ms. Tan held a prominent position at the Statistical Research and Training Center (Manila) for nine years. While at the SRTC, her work was presented to a number of international statistical conferences, and was recognized by the International Statistical Association, which selected her as a delegate to study in Japan (UN-SIAP). Ms. Tan went on to become a consultant for the Asian Development Bank (ADB), where she developed a system to analyze metrics for Eastern European countries. She then built a successful career in managing teams, market research and business intelligence with global companies ACNielsen and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where she was a key strategic contributor for the executive and management teams. Her expertise in business intelligence enabled researchers to view data from different perspectives, analyze it to determine trends and patterns, and combine data from various sources (i.e. meta analysis) in order to establish meaningful conclusions and recommendations. She earned the President’s Award, the highest academic honor. Not only was Ms. Tan a pioneer in automation of budget computations at GlaxoSmithKline, but she was a key player in analyzing the dynamics of the Philippine pharmaceutical market. Ms. Tan is also a part time professor at the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School. It is the oldest university in the Philippines and ranked among the top five in the Philippines. As a professor for Graduate School in the Master’s degree program, Ms. Tan teaches Statistics and Quantitative Business Analysis.”


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