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Richard Lockhart of Simon Fraser UniversityStatistics professor Richard Lockhart of Simon Fraser University will highlight the continuing relevance of the field in a public lecture Thursday.

Continuing relevance of statistics subject of lecture

Richard Lockhart, a professor of statistics at Simon Fraser University, will touch on big data, analytics, machine learning, informatics, and more in the course of a free public lecture Thursday, Nov. 7.

“How many statisticians are there in Canada? Data scientists? How many people do business analytics?” asks Dr. Lockhart. “I won’t answer any of these questions, but I will review the categories and jargon surrounding my understanding of the subject, statistics, in the 21st century.”

Entitled “Statistics: does the discipline still exist?” his lecture is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. It will begin at 7 p.m. in room 104, Toldo Health Education Centre.