Rob Hyndman is trying to start a question and answer site for people working in Statistics, running on the same software system that supports our beloved MathOverflow. Due to a change in the way StackExchange is licensing their platform, he can’t simply get up and start using it. Rather, he must first obtain a critical number of users who will commit to regularly checking in and using the site. If you would be interested and capable of making this commitment, head on over to Statistical Analysis — Area 51. I find the new policy strange, but that’s apparently how things are working now.
I think that a Statistics version of MathOverflow would be a great idea. All the time, people come to me or to MathOverflow asking questions that are really meant for a statistician. There are a lot of sophisticated questions in Statistics, and it would be good to have a place for them to be answered.
I also think it would be good for us mathematicians to check in more on what the statisticians are doing. Great math has often been driven by the needs of the other sciences; and one of the big needs of today is for better methods for analyzing large data collections. I can say that my advisor, Bernd Sturmfels, has found a lot of pretty algebraic geometry problems by trying to help out our local statisticians.
Disclaimer: I don’t know Professor Hyndman, and have no involvement with this project other than wanting it to succeed.