RSAA Colloquia / Seminars / Feast-of-Facts: Friday, 28 April 2017, 14:00-14:20; Duffield Lecture Theatre

Richard Scalzo

"Lost in Translation: Model-Building For Fun And (Eventually, With Luck) Profit"

The Centre for Translational Data Science is a new entity at the University of Sydney devoted to doing quantitative modeling of challenging problems in "narrative science" that don’t have reductionistic theories, thereby driving simultaneous progress in the respective domain areas and in statistics or machine learning. I’ll discuss my experiences at the Centre through the lens of two example problems I encountered: network learning in molecular biology, and poll prediction in quantitative social science.