2018 - 2019

2019 Apr 23

Stat 303 Grand Finale Lecture

3:00pm to 4:30pm


Science Center 705

STAT 303 Grand Finale Lecture: Jill Lepore, Kemper Professor of American History, Harvard University


Facts, Numbers, Data: A Brief History of Evidence

An illustrated lecture about the elemental units of knowledge, and the current epistemological crisis.
Reception to follow


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2019 Apr 12

Open House Lunch for Freshmen

11:30am to 1:30pm


Science Center, 7th Floor

Meet faculty, eat pizza, and learn about the concentration and secondary field in Statistics!

2019 Mar 06

STAT 300: Wenshuo Wang

12:00pm to 1:00pm


SC 705

Title: Metropolized Knockoff Sampling

Abstract: Model-X knockoffs is a wrapper that transforms essentially any feature importance measure into a variable selection algorithm, which discovers true effects while rigorously controlling the expected fraction of false positives. A frequently discussed challenge to apply this method is to construct knockoff variables, which are synthetic variables obeying a crucial exchangeability property with the explanatory variables under study. This paper introduces techniques for knockoff generation in great...

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2019 Feb 20

STAT 300: Assistant Professor Pierre Jacob

12:00pm to 1:00pm


SC 705

Title: Recent developments on unbiased Monte Carlo methods

Abstract: Monte Carlo estimators, based on Markov chains or interacting particle systems, are typically biased when run with a finite number of iterations (or a finite number of particles). Although this is usually considered unavoidable, and negligible in the usual asymptotic sense, it is an important obstacle on the path towards scalable numerical integration on large-scale distributed computing systems. In a series of works that build on the seminal paper of Glynn and Rhee (2014), a...

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