A few months ago, I received an email from a young ex-colleague asking if I'd write a letter of recommendation for him as part of a grad school application. Remembering an excellent consultant, I immediately agreed. That he was applying to an MS program in statistical science made my task even easier. I didn't ask, but would like to think my time as mentor influenced his path at least a little.

Before I crafted the recommendation, I took a look at the web site of his highly-rated program to see what he was signing up for,  and how it differed from my experience 30 years ago. The prospective program curricula was not unlike mine back in the day, but had an additional emphasis on computation and simulation, obviously reflecting the huge developments in statistical computing over the years.

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