Trinity term 2016


This lecture series now typically consists of three one and a half hour lectures in each of the following research areas:  Computational Statistics; Probability and Bioinformatics/Mathematical Genetics.

The lectures are held on Thursdays from 3.30 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. in LG.03, Department of Statistics, 24-29 St Giles. 

Week 1 - Thursday 28th April

Speaker:  Louis Aslett, Department of Statistics, University of Oxford
Title:        Background on HPC for statistics


Week 3 - Thursday 12th May

Speaker:   Robert Gaunt, Department of Statistics, University of Oxford
Title:         Normal approximation by Stein's method
Abstract: In 1972, Charles Stein introduced a powerful and elegant method for deriving bounds for normal approximation.  In this lecture, we review Stein's approach for normal approximation.  We consider two applications
of the method.  In the first, we use Stein's method to derive a simple, self-contained proof of the celebrated Berry-Essen Theorem.  In the second, we show how Stein's method can be used to obtain normal approximations for subgraph counts in the Erdos-Renyi random graph model. We end by discussing how Stein's method can often be easily adapted to other limit distributions, such as the Poisson. 

Week 6 - Thursday 2nd June - POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT TERM

Speaker:  Mike Salter-Townshend, Department of Statistics, University of Oxford
Title:        Models and Methods for Population Genetics


Week 7 - Thursday 9th June, 2.15 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.

First year graduate poster session in the ground floor social area

Week 8 - Thursday 16th June, 1.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.

Collaborative Careers event with the Mathematical Institute and Department of Computer Science for Postgraduate students and postdocs:

"Life after a doctorate?  Insights from industry and academia"