UBC Statistics

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Job Postings

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver invites applications for a Lecturer (one or more positions), associated with the Master of Data Science Program. This program is a collaborative effort of the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Statistics, within the Faculty of Science. The Lecturer will be formally based in the Department of Statistics but work closely with colleagues from both departments.

The MDS program...

Internal Search

The Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia is seeking applications for the position of Head of the Department of Statistics. The Department is committed to excellence in statistics research and education, and plays a key role in a range of interdisciplinary initiatives, including data science, biostatistics, and statistical consulting. Further information about the department can be found at http://www.stat.ubc.ca/.

We seek a dynamic individual with an excellent international research...

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 22 2018 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Joshua Keller, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Room 4192, Earth Sciences Building (2207 Main Mall)
Feb 27 2018 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Trevor Campbell, Post-doctoral Associate at MIT
Room 4192, Earth Sciences Building (2207 Main Mall)
Mar 8 2018 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
van Eeden Invited Speaker Jim Berger, Duke University
Room 102, Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL), 2202 Main Mall


Statistics Ph.D. student Tanja Högg is the recipient of this year’s Marshall Prize. Tanja is carrying out her Ph.D. research under the joint supervision of Paul Gustafson, John Petkau and Yinshan Zhao, focussing on Bayesian methods for the...

Statistics Associate Professor Alex Bouchard-Côté and co-researchers have been awarded a CANSSI Collaborative Team Grant to support the project "Statistical Methods for Challenging Problems in Public Health Microbiology”.  The three-year $180,000...

StatSpace, produced through the Flexible Learning Introductory Statistics (FLIS) Project, is now available in a "soft launch" form.  This preliminary version allows you to explore and use the...

The Statistics Department offers several types of free statistical consultation, via SOS, STAT 551 and STAT 450/550, as follows.

  • SOS (Statistical Opportunity for Students):  accepted year-round, UBC-V graduate...

The Rick White Memorial Fund was established late last year, to honour Rick’s memory. Rick, who passed away September 2, 2016, was a long time member of the department, an accomplished statistical consultant and data scientist, and a wonderful...