Statistics

Graduation Breakfast

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Williams College invites graduating mathematics and statistics majors, their families, and guests to attend a breakfast on Commencement morning, Sunday, June 4, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Mathematics and Statistics Library, Bronfman Science Center. Please join us for coffee, juice, and continental fare.

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Women in Data Science Conference – February 3rd 2017 at Mount Holyoke College

Data science is an actively growing area in various careers and fields. The Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference is designed to inspire and educate data scientists, regardless of gender, and support women in the field. More information can be found here.

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Matthew Quinn and Stephanie Stacy Win First Place in National Statistics Competition

Matthew Quinn and Stephanie Stacy, Juniors at Williams College, won the First Place in this year’s USPROC (Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition) sponsored by CAUSE (Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education). USPROC is an annual national competition among undergraduate students in United States. The project submitted by Matthew and Stephanie was based on a

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Math/Stat Awards Banquet

It was another glorious year in the Math/Stat department at Williams.  We celebrated its end with our annual banquet, packed with over 150 faculty and students.  As tradition, the new majors received a beverage wrench, and everyone joined in applauding the winners of this year’s awards. Colloquium Attendance: Mary Gong Goldberg Prize for Best Colloquium:

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Best Jobs 2015

Mathematics and statistics are essential skills for most of the best six jobs in 2015, according to the latest rankings by CareerCast.com. Here are the top six jobs: 1. Actuary 2. Audiologist 3. Mathematician 4. Statistician 5. Biomedical Engineer 6. Data Scientist For more information see also the original post by CarrerCast.com.

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The James Function

Like many mathematicians, I’m happy when I can combine my work with my other passions. As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I didn’t realize that all those games I watched when I was young was preparing me for a very productive career in sabermetrics, the science of applying math and stats to analyzing baseball. I’ve

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Sweet treats and probability

I love baking. More importantly, I love sweet things. However, I can’t and/or shouldn’t eat a full batch of cookies, bars, or brownies.  I bake for my students instead. I use homemade sweet treats as prizes for going above and beyond the course work. This semester in my Stat 101 class, the first person in each

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Best Jobs 2014

According to the latest ranking by CareerCast.com, the best four jobs of 2014 are: 1. Mathematician. 2. Tenured professor. 3. Statistician. 4. Actuary. (The worst was lumberjack.)

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Statistics Major Approved

The Faculty voted to approve a Major in Statistics. See the report and the editorial in the Williams Record. Description of the Major in Statistics: The major in Statistics is designed to meet three goals: to introduce some of the central ideas of information and data science, to develop problem-solving ability by teaching students to combine

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De Veaux Interviewed on WAMC

  Professor Richard De Veaux was interviewed on the public radio WAMC Speakers Corner by Alan Chartock. What Chartock called the data mining crisis De Veaux called the long-term data mining evolution. Can one use the vast amount of available data to figure out whatever you want to know about someone? De Veaux talked about

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