How did scientists make sense of data before statistics and computing? This talk will explore this question by focusing on the discovery of vitamins, which occurred in the early 20th century just before the advent of modern statistical methodology. It will describe the varied practices in experimentation and reporting and highlight the sorts of insights required to uncover what “works.” Through this discussion, the speaker will draw connections to contemporary data science tools to illustrate their pros and cons in facilitating discovery.
- Ben Recht, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California, Berkeley
Free and open to the public. All visiting alumni and guests must meet the Columbia University requirement of full vaccination status in order to attend in-person events. Registration is required via Eventbrite. For more information, please visit the event webpage.
Hosted by the Data Science Insittute at Columbia University.