Today, the American Statistical Association Chicago Chapter awarded their Statistical Advocate of Year Award to Avinash Kaushik. I agree wholeheartedly that this man, whose title is Analytics Evangelist, is the proper recipient.

There are three types of gifts involved here. First, there are the gifts that Avinash was given. He was given the gift of absorbing and retaining massive amounts of information. He was given the gift of synthesis – the ability to make sense out of that information and arrive at insights. And finally, Avinash was given the gift of communication which he exercises through his blog, his book and his presentations to the delight of his readers and audience.

Then, there are the gifts that Avinash has given us. In accordance with the book “Outliers”, Avinash is not only an expert by dint of his more than 10,000 hours of study and practice, but because he turns around and delivers the ensuing insights to us. He has given us his time, his attention and his passion. He has dedicated those thousands of hours for our benefit.

Finally, the resulting gift. Avinash’s devotion and passion for web analytics has given us more people who are more knowledgeable, more insightful and more passionate about statistics. That’s worthy of an award.

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