Research Highlight:
To Explain or To Predict?

My research examines the fundamental and practical differences between using statistical and other empirical methods for prediction compared to causal explanation and to description. Although the discussion of explanation vs. prediction has been actively pursued in the philosophy of science, the statistics literature has not considered it in a holistic way. Yet, statistical modeling can be and is used for each of these goals.

At a Glance

Galit Shmueli is Tsing Hua Distinguished Professor at the Institute of Service Science, and Director of the Center for Service Innovation & Analytics at the College of Technology Management, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.