Statistical ideas are having a profound impact in science, industry and public policy. The Statistics Department at Harvard has pioneered many of the tools and ideas behind the research and applications often classified as “data science,” where statistics and computer science join together. The Department sees an even brighter future for data science as it harnesses a wider set of ideas to build a new more subtle and powerful science of data.
As well as being interested in prediction and statistical computation, our Department puts equal weight on designing experiments, modeling sophisticated dependencies (networks, genes, data streams) and trying to understand and quantify causal mechanisms, not simply averages and associations, with large data sets. These views are reflected in our curriculum targeted to data science specialists, our faculty’s research and the work of our research students.