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      April 16, 2020

      Thursday   5:00 PM

      124 Raymond Ave
      Poughkeepsie, New York 12604

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      Professor Xiao-Li Meng, “AI, Beatles, and Election: A Nano Tour of Data Science”

      Professor Xiao-Li Meng to deliver the Department of Mathematics and Statistics’ annual Henry Seely White Lectures
      What is data science (DS)? Some declare DS=CS (Computer Science), some consider DS=S (Statistics), and yet some even think DS=BS (but not Bayesian Statistics). The truth is that DS is so broad that it is easier to understand it through its complement. From that angle, DS is not just about deep learning, or prediction, or data analysis. It is not a STEM discipline. It is not even a single discipline. This talk reports my experience as the founding Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Data Science Review (HDSR),and as a statistician, in exploring the landscape of DS. I will first demonstrate its vastness by using articles in HDSR, which address questions ranging from “How does AI impact my life?” to “Who wrote In My Life?”. I will then demonstrate how statistical thinking helps to reveal a big data paradox, which provides an explanation of our collective failure in predicting 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, as well as an insight into the 2020 election.
      Xiao-Li Meng is the Whipple V. N. Jones Professor of Statistics at Harvard University and the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Data Science Review. Meng is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his more than 150 publications in at least a dozen theoretical and methodological areas, as well as in areas of pedagogy and professional development. He has delivered more than 400 research presentations and public speeches on these topics, and he is the author of “The XL-Files”; a thought-provoking and entertaining column in the IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) Bulletin. His interests range from the theoretical foundations of statistical inferences to statistical methods and computation to applications in natural, social, and medical sciences and engineering. Meng received his BS in mathematics from Fudan University in 1982 and his PhD in statistics from Harvard in 1990.

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