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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The continuous-time lace expansion and it’s applications

Seminar: Probability Seminar | May 3 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall


Tyler Helmuth, U.C. Berkeley Mathematics

Department of Statistics


The lace expansion is one of the primary tools for proving that probability models in high dimensions have mean field behaviour. I will explain the previous sentence by describing joint work in progress with David Brydges and Mark Holmes in which we develop a continuous time lace expansion. Our method allows us to analyze n-component field theories when n is zero, one, or two. The case n=2 is new.



Subtle but not malicious? The (high) computational cost of non-smoothness in learning from big data

Seminar: Neyman Seminar | May 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall


Mikhail Belkin, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Ohio State University

Department of Statistics


What can we learn from big data? First, more data allows us to more precisely estimate probabilities of uncertain outcomes. Second, data provides better coverage to approximate functions more precisely. I will argue that the second is key to understanding the recent success of large scale machine learning. A useful way of thinking about this issue is that it is necessary to use many more...   More >

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Computational Thinking: Building Bridges between Physical Models and Statistical Inference

Seminar: Neyman Seminar: Statistics Seminar | May 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall


Fernando Perez, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Statistics


The scientific traditions of physics and applied mathematics have focused mainly on defining simplified models of the world amenable to analytical and numerical approximation. Today, the flood of real-world data at unprecedented levels of resolution and diversity creates opportunity for building richer scientific descriptions that combine statistical inference with "classical" models. I will...   More >

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Statistics Commencement

Special Event: News and Events | May 18 | 2 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse


Steve Stoute, Founder and CEO, Translation

Department of Statistics