Loyola University Chicago

Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium (Nov 17)

Time and Location: 4:00-5:00PM at IES, Room 110

Title: History of Statistics: Introductory Statistics and the People Behind It

Speaker: Mena Whalen (Loyola University Chicago)


Learn more about how topics in introductory statistics courses came to be and the men behind the methods. This will be a lecture and discussion walking through the early 1900's following the development of Pearson, Fisher, and Neyman as researchers discovering revolutionary methods like design of experiments, chi-squared goodness of fit test, and likelihood ratio test. Come understand the context of these researchers' interactions with each other and the lasting impact they had on the field.

About the speaker:

Dr. Whalen is an assistant professor of statistics in the department of mathematics and statistics at Loyola University Chicago. Her research interest includes time series analysis with an emphasis in change point analysis, spatial analysis, data science with data visualization, and network models. Special topic interest includes health policy, law and policy change, and criminology. She is an ambassador and co-organizer of the Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference for Chicago.