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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 example”. 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

Dr Gianluca Baio awarded funds to conduct research on the health economic and societal impact of Pembrolizumab in the treatment of melanoma

Dr Gianluca Baio has been awarded an unrestricted research grant sponsored by Merck Sharpe and Dohme to investigate the health economic performance and the societal impact of Pembrolizumab, a treatment for melanoma that has spread or can't be removed with surgery and non small cell lung cancer that has spread and the cancer cells have proteins called PD-L1. The research will investigate the potential expansion to other indications and the impact on public funding as well clinical benefits. More...

Published: Mar 24, 2017 1:55:20 PM

"Beyond Objectivity and Subjectivity in Statistics" read at the RSS on 12 April 2017

The Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A has accepted the paper "Beyond Objectivity and Subjectivity in Statistics" by Andrew Gelman (Columbia University) and Christian Hennig (UCL Statistical Science) as Read Paper. It will be read and discussed at the Royal Statistical Society on 12 April. For more information and the paper see:

Published: Mar 7, 2017 4:41:53 PM