September 15, 2009

"To Explain or To Predict?" @ Columbia University

I'll be presenting my work on the difference between explanatory and predictive modeling at Columbia University's Stat department PhD colloquim on Thursday Sept 17. This event is open to visitors, so feel free to drop in. A lively conversation is guaranteed. More details are available here

August 11, 2009

"The Challenge of Prediction in IS Research" -- Talk at Tel Aviv Univ's Recanati School of Management

This week I will be presenting a talk, based on our paper "The Challenge of Prediction in Information Systems Research", at the Recanati School of Management, Tel Aviv University. The talk will take place on Wednesday, Aug 12, at 12:30 in room 403. This talk is of interest to researchers in the social sciences who emply statistical modeling.  For more information click here.

July 22, 2009

Visit at Technion

I am currently visiting with Prof. Ayala Cohen, head of the statistics lab at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), and my PhD advisor.

My office is right at the center of the action of the IE&M faculty, and I am having endless dejavu moments from my 5 years of grad school here. So many familiar faces! Not only faculty, but also many old-timer staff, and even fellow students who are here in new roles.

The main adjustment is moving from "letter" to A4 size paper.

February 16, 2009

Visit to IIMC (Kolkata)

IIMC is the first residential business school that I have seen: all grad students live on campus! My gracious host Dean (cum statistician!) Saibal Chattopadhyay gave me a tour on campus and a "tour" of their different programs.

The talk "Explanatory vs. Predictive Modeling in Information systems Research" lead to some heated debates. Questions were raised such as "why should historians care about prediction?"; the nature of sequential analysis; and what a "model" means to statisticians versus the rest of the world.

February 16, 2009

Talks at the Melbourne Business School and RMIT

"To Explain or To Predict?", presented at MBS and RMIT, was followed by lively discussions with audiences that included researchers from a wide range of academia: political science, behavioral science, medicine, ecology, economics, information systems, and statistics. I've learned more about the status of predictive research in these different areas, and indeed it is alarming. I thank my gracious hosts Chris Lloyd (MBS) and Basil de Silva (RMIT) for these stimulating exchanges.