H.G. Wells once said “Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write!” Take a position on whether you agree or disagree with this statement, and provide a rationale for your response.
"Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for
efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write." Mathematical
Statistician Samuel S. Wilks, paraphrasing the words of H. G. Wells, in a
1951 presidential address.
Statistical literacy is relevant to everyone. However,
the level of competency and the type of information required can differ,
i.e. people who are required to analyse data, interpret it and
communicate the findings will have a need for more advanced skills than
someone who needs to assess whether the information provided to them in a
media advertisement is meaningful.