CMU International Year of Statistics Lecture with Bradley Efron

Created by the American Statistical Association, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, International Biometric Society, International Statistical Institute (and the Bernoulli Society), and Royal Statistical Society, Statistics2013 is designed to showcase how “statistics have powerful and far-reaching effects on everyone, yet most people are unaware of their connection—from the foods they eat to the medicines they take—and how statistics improve their lives.”

Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Statistics is joining the celebration. To kick-off the International Year of Statistics on the Pittsburgh campus, the Statistics Department is hosting world-renowned statistician Bradley Efron on Monday, March 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the University Center’s McConomy Auditorium.

Efron, professor of statistics and biostatistics at Stanford University, works on a combination of theoretical and applied topics. His work focuses on biomedical consulting projects, astronomy and physics.

In his talk at Carnegie Mellon, Efon will discuss the “Frequentist Accuracy of Bayesian Estimates.” He will explore how in the absence of prior information, popular Bayesian estimation techniques usually begin with some form of “uninformative” prior, intended to have minimal inferential influence.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

By: Shilo Rea

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