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Full-time or part-time sessional lecturer position(s) available in the Department of Statistics, UBC-Vancouver to teach courses offered during the period from Sept 1, 2017 to Aug 30, 2018. A Master’s degree in Statistics is required. Completion of, or current registration in, a PhD program is preferred. The position(s) requires demonstrated ability to provide effective instruction of introductory statistics at the undergraduate level. Ability to instruct at the third year level is a plus. In keeping with these duties and the goals of our undergraduate program, to be a part of our teaching...

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.

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The Nash Medal this year is awarded to Janet Lam. Janet has completed a major in Statistics and a minor in Computer Science, and she will graduate this year with distinction. The majority of her grades have been in the 90s, and she has completed...

Undergraduate Kris Hong and PhD student Guohai Zhou are the first recipients of the Rick White Award. This recently established award recognizes students who demonstrate excellence in...

The Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair, held at UBC April 6 – 8, 2017, showcased amazing projects from students from many schools in the Lower Mainland. This year, we honoured these 3 teams of students with the 2017 UBC Statistics...

We are very proud of our PhD alumnus Andy Leung for having received the Pierre Robillard Award from the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC). This award recognizes “the best PhD thesis...

We are pleased to announce that Fred (Hongyang) Zhang has won the Department’s 2016-17 Data Science Award.

Fred recently completely his PhD under the supervision of Ruben Zamar. Fred has made important contributions to Data Science...

Graduate Teaching Assistants are crucial to the Department’s teaching activities. Every year since 2011, we have recognized GTA excellence via the Statistics Department Graduate Teaching Award.

Eric Fu is this year’s recipient of the...

The recipient of this year’s Marshall Prize is Yang (Seagle) Liu.

Seagle has recently finished his PhD in our department, under the supervision of Jim Zidek. Seagle has been active with the FPInnovations project headed by...

ASDa staff and recent MSc graduate Jeff Bone developed and executed the detailed statistical analysis plan for a recently reported study about the controversial "liberation therapy", finding no significant...

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...