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  • Dr. Matt Davison appointed as Fellow of the Fields Institute (July 03, 2015)

    In 2002, the Fields Institute designated a number of people as Fields Institute Fellows in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Fields Institute and its activities. It is a lifetime appointment.

    Each year, new appointments are maid to recognize others who have contributed in a significant way to activities at the Fields Institute and within the Canadian mathematical community.

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal Defence - Lori Murray (Tuesday, July 28, 2015)
    Time: 1:30pm-2:00pm and Room: WSC 248
    Speaker: Lori Murray
    Title: Data Smoothing Techniques
    Some elementary data smoothing techniques emerged during the eighteenth century.
    At that time, smoothing techniques consisted of simple interpolation of the data and eventually evolved into more complex modern methods. The significant milestones of data smoothing include the smoothing methods of W.F. Sheppard in the early twentieth century. Sheppard's statistical interests focused on data smoothing, the construction of mathematical tables and education. Throughout his career Sheppard consulted Karl Pearson for advice pertaining to his statistical research. An examination of Sheppard's data smoothing methods and his correspondance to Pearson will be presented.

    In the second part of the presentation, modern Bayesian smoothing will be applied to historical data from 1738 compiled by John Smart, a clerk at the Guildhall in London. The object of the Bayesian model is to predict the probability of life using grouped mortality data. A Metropolis-Hastings MCMC algorithm will be employed and the results will then be compared to the original eighteenth-century analysis.

    Joint-supervisors: David Bellhouse and Duncan Murdoch
  • MSc Day (Thursday, July 30, 2015)

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