Peter Diggle delivers President's Address

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RSS president Peter Diggle gave his president's address yesterday to a packed lecture theatre, following the Society's annual general meeting (AGM).

A key biennial event in the Royal Statistical Society's calendar, the address is given by each of our presidents during their two-year term as president, and provides a platform for the president to set out their vision for the Society or reflect on their presidency so far (or both). 

Titled 'Statistics: a data science for the 21st century', Peter charted the rise of data science and its relationship with statistics, gives some examples of where statistics makes essential contributions to the emerging field of 'electronic health' research. He also offers some thoughts on how the discipline of statistics might be better organised in universities - so that it is close to sciences as well as mathematics - including a suggested list of topics to include on an MSc in statistics.

The Address was followed by the Society's annual summer reception. Peter's lecture will be published in the Society's Series A Journal (178, Part 4, pp. 1–18) and is now available to download (PDF).

Audio and slides are now available on the event page.

Video footage of the event is also available to view:

Peter Diggle

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