UBC Statistics

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Job Postings

A sessional lecturer position is available in the Department of Statistics, UBC-Vancouver from May 1 to June 30, 2017.  A Master’s degree in Statistics is required.  Completion of, or current registration in, a PhD program is preferred.  The position requires demonstrated ability to provide effective instruction of introductory Statistics at the undergraduate level.  In keeping with these duties and the goals of our undergraduate program, the ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, experience with data analysis, and some exposure to active learning techniques.


Research Highlight

Statistical procedures are called robust if they remain informative and efficient in the presence of outliers and other departures from typical model assumptions on the data.    Ignoring unusual observations can play havoc with standard statistical methods and can also result in losing the valuable information gotten from unusual data points.  Robust procedures prevent this.  And these procedures are more important than ever since currently, data are often collected without following established experimental protocols.  As a result, data may not represent a single well-defined population.  Analyzing these data by non-robust methods may result in biased conclusions.  To perform reliable and informative inference based on such a heterogeneous data set, we need statistical methods that can fit models and identify patterns, focusing on the dominant homogeneous subset of the data without being affected by structurally different small subgroups.  Robust Statistics does exactly this.  Some examples of applications are finding exceptional athletes (e.g. hockey players), detecting intrusion in computer networks and constructing reliable single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping.


Feb 28 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Yang (Seagle) Liu, UBC Statistics PhD Student
Room 4192, Earth Sciences Building (2207 Main Mall)
Mar 9 2017 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
UBC Undergraduate Students Katie Li (Statistics), Jenny Song (Mathematics), and David Yin (Statistics and Computer Science)
Room 102, Michael Smith Laboratories (2185 East Mall)
Mar 14 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Dave Campbell, Associate Professor, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, SFU
Room 4192, Earth Sciences Building (2207 Main Mall)
Mar 16 2017 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Peter Song, Professor of Biostatistics at the Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
Room 4192, Earth Sciences Building (2207 Main Mall)


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The first recipients of the Dr John and Barbara Petkau Scholarships are Shuxian Fan and Janet Lam.

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