Brad Efron (2009)

The Shumway Lectures: Brad Efron

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Walter Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center

Speaker: Bradley Efron, Stanford University

Title: Learning from the Experience of Others

Abstract: Familiar statistical estimates such as batting averages, political polls, and medical trial results are obtained by direct observation of cases of interest. Sometimes, though, we can learn from the experience of "others": for instance there may be information about Player A's batting ability in the observed averages of Players B,C,D,... I will present several examples showing how this works in practice, indicating some of the surprising theoretical ideas involved. The talk is mainly descriptive in nature, and is intended for a general scientific audience.

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