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The Department of Statistics (www.stat.ubc.ca) at the University of British Columbia (www.ubc.ca) and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (bcchr.ca) invite applications from outstanding investigators for a full time academic position at the rank of Assistant Professor, grant tenure-track in the UBC Department of Statistics, with a concurrent appointment as an Investigator within the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. The position has an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019 or...

The Department of Statistics (www.stat.ubc.ca) at the University of British Columbia (www.ubc.ca) invites applications from outstanding new investigators for two tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019 or January 1, 2020.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Statistics, Biostatistics or a related field. Candidates must also demonstrate excellence or potential for excellence in both teaching and research. The successful candidate should have a...

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.


Oct 30 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Tingting Zhao, UBC Statistics PhD Student
Room 4192, Earth Sciences Building (2207 Main Mall)
Nov 2 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Michael Betancourt, Principle Research Scientist with Symplectomorphic, LLC
Beaty Museum Auditorium
Nov 20 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Paul Vigneaux, Associate Professor (HDR) of Mathematics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon; Part-time at the Dept of Mathematics of UBC (2018-2019)
Room 4192, Earth Sciences Building (2207 Main Mall)


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

  • STAT 551:  Term 1 only, open to anyone, via students in STAT 551 mentored by faculty; currently...

Nowadays, data is everywhere and making sense of it can be the key to success. To keep up with the world, students need to learn the skills to extract relevant information from data. The Department of Statistics is excited to provide UBC’s first...

Department of Statistics and Institute for the Oceans & Fisheries Assistant Professor Marie Auger-Méthé not only analyzes data, she collects it. Learn about her research team’s...

We are happy to announce the launch of UBC’s first undergraduate Data Science course, DSCI 100—Introduction to Data Science. It will be offered in Term 2 of the 2018/2019 Academic year (January – April 2019). A working version of the course...

The Mean Squared Terrors have been proudly flying the Statistics flag in UBC's indoor and outdoor soccer leagues for the past 4 years. After many seasons of heartbreak and disappointment in which the Terrors failed to progress through a play-off...

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...