It is shocking to me that a statistics department would offer a graduate-level statistical computing course only *every fourth year*.

I had been arguing for a statistical programming course: that we supplement the usual course on the *theory* of statistical computing (numerical linear algebra, EM algorithm, MCMC, etc.) with a course on the *practice* of statistical computing.

But I was assuming that the more theoretical statistical computing course was *actually being taught*.

If a department teaches a course at a frequency less than every-other-year, it’s unavailable to many students, or it comes too late in their training to be useful. And statistical computing should really be considered part of a statistics department’s *core curriculum*.

Update: As you might have anticipated, I’ve been asked to teach the course.