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Wellington Statistics Group

Wednesday, Feb 21 at 6pm in Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 3

  Three brief talks are planned:

  1. Current challenges for the statistical community, and new insights on old challenges — suggested topics for future meetings (John Maindonald)
  2. The new degree programme at Victoria University of Wellington (Richard Arnold)
  3. The place of methods and concepts of official statistics in the widening of data access and use (Len Cook)

Following the talks, there will be a discussion on the preferred style, content, and format of meetings that may best serve the Wellington statistics community.

Please pass on the details that follow to anyone who may be interested.



John Maindonald has had a long experience as an applied statistician.

Richard Arnold is Associate Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at Victoria University of Wellington.

Len Cook was New Zealand Government statistician from 1992 to 2000 and UK National Statistician from 2000 to 2005.



On the current list of possible topics for future meetings are the following:

  • New buzzwords in the style of “data mining,” “analytics,” and  “data science”;
  • “Statistics and AI”;
  • “The Limits of Models”;
  • perennial issues with the misuse of statistical tools;
  • The reproducibility crisis in science;
  • Insights on human statistical intuition such as are explored in Kahneman’s book “Thinking Fast and Slow.”

Last Modified: Tuesday, 13th February 2018