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I like the way Cosma Shalizi described it to aspiring statisticians:

INDEPENDENCE: otherwise, you rely on someone else always having made exactly the right tool for you, and giving it to you.

HONESTY: otherwise, you end up distorting the problem to match the tools you happen to have.

CLARITY: turning your method into something a machine can do forces you to discipline your thinking and make it communicable; and science is public.

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