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RSS President's Address 2015 - Statistics: a Data Science for the 21st Century

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Wednesday 24 June 2015, 06:00pm

Location Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8LX

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Speaker: Peter Diggle (President, Royal Statistical Society)

The rise of data science could be seen as a potential threat to the long-term status of the statistics discipline.  Peter firstly argues that, although there is a threat, there is also a much greater opportunity to re-emphasise the universal relevance of statistical method to the interpretation of data, and he gives a short historical outline of the increasingly important links between statistics and information technology.

He summarises several recent research projects, through which he hopes to demonstrate that statistics make an essential, but incomplete, contribution to the merging field of 'electronic health' research.

Finally, Peter will offer personal thoughts on how statistics might best be organised in a research-led university, on what we should teach our students and on some issues broadly related to data science where the Royal Statistical Society can take a lead.

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The Address is preceded by the Society's Annual General Meeting at 5pm and followed by the Society's summer reception.

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