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Professors Sofia Olhede and Patrick Wolfe to present work at Creative Reactions event in London

Professors Sofia Olhede and Patrick Wolfe will be presenting their work on the creative reactions project. This project brings together scientists with artists to collaborate. Patrick and Sofia will be talking about data analysis of tidal data, and the importance of the point-of-view of the observer. This is a collaboration with poet Francis Byrne, film-maker Susi Arnott and photographer Crispin Hughes. More...

Published: May 16, 2017 12:30:56 PM

Professor Rumana Omar and Dr Gareth Ambler awarded MRC methodology research grant

Gareth Ambler and Rumana Omar (joint PIs) have been awarded a Medical Research Council methodology research grant to work on "Guidance on sample size when using observational data to develop and validate risk prediction models in health research". More...

Published: May 11, 2017 2:49:02 PM

Royal Society working group including Professor Sofia Olhede publishes machine learning report

The Royal Society is today releasing its report on "Machine learning: the power and promise of computers that learn by exampleā€¯. Professor Sofia Olhede has been part of the committee, which has explored policy issues associated with automated decision making using machine learning in society. More...

Published: Apr 25, 2017 2:09:59 PM

Workshop on The Regression Discontinuity Design: Methodological Issues and Applications in Economics, Statistics and Epidemiology

Dr Gianluca Baio and the Research Group "Statistics for Health Economic Evaluation", in collaboration with Dr Marcos Vera Hernandez and CEMMAP have organised a one-day workshop on Methodological Issues and Applications in Economics, Statistics and Epidemiology with the Regression Discontinuity Design. This also serves as an end-of-project event for an MRC-funded research project (MR/K01438/1) aimed at exploring the application of the RDD to evaluating the effects of drugs and treatments in primary care. More...

Published: Apr 18, 2017 2:31:57 PM

Dr Ricardo Silva's work on algorithmic fairness mentioned in New Scientist article

A recent manuscript by Dr Ricardo Silva, on ways of enforcing fairness in predictive modelling, has been given coverage by the New Scientist magazine this week. The manuscript, posted in arXiv earlier this month, prescribes a way of making explicit causal assumptions about how demographic background of an individual may lead to unfair, discriminative, treatment, such as in racially biased stop-and-frisk policing and loan approvals. The work makes the link of matters of fairness to mathematical formalisms of causality and counterfactuals, and suggests ways to test and communicate how automated decision making from data can be certified to respect fairness guidelines. More...

Published: Mar 30, 2017 12:02:18 PM