Columbia professor to speak on thinking statistically

Adapted from MSU News:
Professor Andrew Gelman of Columbia University will present “Ronald Reagan is a statistician and Other Examples of Learning from Diverse Sources of Information” in the Procrastinator Theater at 3:30 p.m. on March 21.Are you better off than you were four years ago? Are beautiful people more likely to have daughters? Why are voters in rich East Coast states so liberal? How many people do you know? Should you check your house for radon gas? According to Gelman, these kinds of questions are best answered by combining information from different sources.

Gelman, who has received the Outstanding Statistical Application award from the American Statistical Association, among other awards, will discuss ways to combine information statistically.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and is presented by the College of Letters and Science’s Distinguished Speakers Series. No word yet on whether beautiful people are actually more likely to have daughters.