[gov3009-l] Applied Stats 9/17 James Lloyd

Dana Higgins danahiggins at fas.harvard.edu
Mon Sep 15 10:12:33 EDT 2014

Hi everyone!

Our speaker this Wednesday (9/17) at Applied Stats will be* James Lloyd, *from
the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Machine Learning Group.

James will be giving a talk entitled *The Automatic Statistician. *The
abstract for the talk is included below. As per usual, we will meet in CGIS
K354 at 12 noon and lunch will be served.

I look forward to seeing you all there! Also, check out the new website (
here <http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/applied.stats.workshop-gov3009/>) to
see the schedule for the next couple of weeks. Thank you!

-- Dana Higgins

*Abstract: *While it is becoming easier to collect and store all kinds of
data, including personal medical data, scientific data, and commercial
data, there are relatively few people trained in the statistical and
machine learning methods required to test hypotheses, make predictions, and
otherwise create interpretable knowledge from this data. The automatic
statistician project aims to build an artificial intelligence for data
science, to help people make sense of their data and to uncover challenging
research problems in automatic data analysis. I will discuss an early
version of the system which can build statistical models from an open-ended
language of models and then describe them in natural language. I will
briefly review the class of regression models which the system constructs
and how their properties allow for a modular description generation
algorithm. The talk will conclude with examples of the output of the system
and a discussion of future research directions.
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