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February 2020

Predictive Inference with the Jackknife+

February 21, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Rina Foygel Barber (University of Chicago)

E18-304

Abstract: We introduce the jackknife+, a novel method for constructing predictive confidence intervals that is robust to the distribution of the data. The jackknife+ modifies the well-known jackknife (leaveoneout cross-validation) to account for the variability in the fitted regression function when we subsample the training data. Assuming exchangeable training samples, we prove that the jackknife+ permits rigorous coverage guarantees regardless of the distribution of the data points, for any algorithm that treats the training points symmetrically (in contrast, such guarantees…

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February 28, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kavita Ramanan (Brown University)

E18-304

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March 2020

Does Revolution Work? Evidence from Nepal

March 3, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Rohini Pande (Yale University)

E18-304

The last half century has seen the adoption of  democratic institutions in much of the developing world. However, the conditions under which de jure democratization leads to the representation of historically disadvantaged groups remains debated as do the implications of descriptive representation for policy inclusion. Using detailed administrative and survey data from Nepal, we examine political selection in a new democracy, the implications for policy inclusion and the role of conflict in affecting political transformation. I situate these findings in the context of…

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Women in Data Science (WiDS) – Cambridge, MA

March 6, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Microsoft NERD Center, Cambridge

This one-day technical conference brings together local academic leaders,  industrial professionals and students to hear about the latest data science-related research in a number of domains, to learn how leading-edge companies are leveraging data science for success, and to connect with potential mentors, collaborators, and others in the field.

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March 6, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Suriya Gunasekar (Microsoft Research)

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March 13, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Daniel Spielman (Yale University)

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March 20, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hilary Finucane (Broad Institute)

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April 2020

SDSCon 2020

April 3, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

MIT Media Lab (E14-674)

SDSCon 2020 is the fourth annual celebration of the statistics and data science community at MIT and beyond, organized by MIT’s Statistics and Data Science Center (SDSC). Please see the conference website for registration information.

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Guido Imbens – The Applied Econometrics Professor and Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

April 7, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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IDSS will host Prof. Guido Imbens as part of the Distinguished Speaker Seminar series. Prof. Guido Imbens’ primary field of interest is Econometrics. Research topics in which he is interested include: causality, program evaluation, identification, Bayesian methods, semi-parametric methods, instrumental variables.

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April 10, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Alessandro Rinaldo (Carnegie Mellon University)

E18-304

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