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The History of Statistics at UCLA: Leading toward the Future

April 26, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

De Leeuw Seminar Series

2016 de Leeuw Panel:

Gareth James, Kenneth Lange, Ker-Chau Li, Donald Ylvisaker

The History of Statistics at UCLA: Leading toward the Future

Aided by the development of the electronic computer, the adoption of statistical methods grew enormously during the twentieth century. At the end of the century, statistics had become a de facto standard for advancing science through empirical observation. The rapid growth has presented our discipline with tremendous opportunities, but also with many challenges on practical and theoretical levels.

On April 26th, a panel of four prominent statisticians will lead us in discussing the history and pre-history of the Department of Statistics at UCLA. This will be intertwined with thoughts on the future of the statistics discipline and the difference, if any, from data science.

The panelists are: Gareth James, E. Morgan Stanley Chair in Business Administration, Professor of Data Sciences and Operations, Marshall School of Business at USC; Kenneth Lange, Rosenfeld Professor of Computational Genetics and Chair of the Department of Human Genetics at UCLA; Ker-Chau Li, Distinguished Professor of Statistics at UCLA; and Donald Ylvisaker, Professor Emeritus of Statistics at UCLA. The discussion will be moderated by Mark S. Handcock, Chair of the Department of Statistics.

Please join us in discussing these topics and giving any personal reflections.

As background reading for the event we suggest:

http://statistics.ucla.edu/about, https://goo.gl/8MRqgd and https://goo.gl/1uAaao