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Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
February 24, 2015, 12:00AM

It looks like Google Chief Economist Hal Varian’s 2009 prediction that “the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians” was right on the money.

According to numbers released by the American Statistical Association (ASA), statistics is the most rapidly increasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) discipline for undergraduate students, even outpacing computer and information technology-related fields.

And, Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Statistics — a global leader in applying statistics to many areas of science, technology, policy and education — is among the fastest-growing statistics departments.

“The Statistics Department — and indeed Carnegie Mellon as a whole — exhibits an ethos that values and benefits from true interdisciplinary work,” said Christopher R. Genovese, head of the Statistics Department in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “Our undergraduate curriculum builds on this by offering authentic engagement with interdisciplinary problems and extensive experience with the analysis of real data. (We have no “textbook” datasets after the introductory courses.) I think...

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September 6, 2012, 2:19PM

Sonia Siok (SDS & Stat, Dec 2012) has been named an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar for 2012-2013. ACS Scholars "embody Carnegie Mellon's high standards of academic excellence, volunteerism, leadership, involvement in student organizations, athletics or the arts."

Meg Hayes (IS & Stat, 2011; MS in IS, Dec 2012) has been chosen for this year's Student Service Award by the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association and will be honored at Ceilidh Weekend in October.

September 6, 2012, 2:17PM

The ASA President's recent AMSTAT NEWS column was devoted to the rise of undergraduate programs in Statistics.
Our program was chosen as one to watch!


Our undergraduate program was further highlighted in a feature article focusing on maintaining high academic quality in an active, fun research environment.


August 2, 2012, 12:00AM

"Principles of Uncertainty," written by Carnegie Mellon University's Joseph B. (Jay) Kadane, has won the International Society for Bayesian Analysis' coveted DeGroot Prize.

The prize, awarded every two years to honor an outstanding statistical science book, was established to recognize Morris H. (Morrie) DeGroot, the founding head of Carnegie Mellon's Department of Statistics and renowned author of statistics and decision theory books.

"Jay Kadane's book, 'Principles of Uncertainty,' carries out two fundamental dimensions of Jay's career in statistics: the subjective Bayesian foundations of the field of statistics and the critical importance that statistical thinking and methods must play in a wide range of application areas," said John Lehoczky, dean of the Dietrich...

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August 1, 2012, 12:00AM

More than 1,500 high-school students from about 70 countries presented projects to judges from a variety of disciplines during the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 13–18.

The American Statistical Association sponsors special awards for the best use of statistics. The ASA Pittsburgh Chapter hosted a large team of local statisticians, who reviewed the statistical content and merit of all the presented projects.

During the first day of review, the judges narrowed the field to around 50 projects that showed a sophisticated level of statistical analysis. Of those, 15 were selected for final interviews the following day with multiple teams of judges. The judges eventually selected three winners and four honorable mentions. In general, the judges were impressed with the quality and variety of the students’ research, as well as their poise and intellectual maturity during the interview process.

The first-place award of $1,500 went to Shreya Mathur, 15, from Oxford High School in Oxford, Mississippi, for “Developing a Novel...

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May 9, 2012, 12:00AM
  • Best Oral Presentation of a Honors Thesis:
    "Incorporating Flexibility into the Normalized Cut Image Segmentation Algorithm"
    Yi Xiang Chong
    Advisor: Rebecca Nugent
  • 1st place poster:
    Anti-Piracy Laws and Box Office Sales: A Case Study in France
    Brandon Ngiam, Carl Sturges, Anna Svirsko
    Advisor: Bill Eddy
  • 2nd place poster:
    Reducing Costs for the Port Authority
    Mike Pane, Nick Rock, George Volinchenko
    Advisor: Bill Eddy
  • 3rd place poster:
    Analysis of Pittsburgh Bus Schedule and Data
    Shirui Hu, Eliot Knudsen, I-Ta Yang
    Advisor: Bill Eddy
  • Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order):

    Analysis of Film Distributor's iTunes Promotion
    Liz Lorenzi, Joon Su Min, Laura Patzer
    Advisor: Bill Eddy

    Census on Parking Meters at Carnegie Mellon University
    Nancy Geronian, Jung Moon Jang, Jeff Lee, Kaylee Makel, Victor Wilczynski
    Advisor: Brian Junker

    Internet Piracy at CMU: Student Behavior & Opinions
    Cam Bogie, Ben Gorman, Chelsea Grindle, Jongwoo Lee, George Nardi, George Volinchenko
    Advisor: Brian Junker

March 26, 2012, 12:00AM
  • Daniel McDonald has been selected as the ASA Pittsburgh Chapter Student of the Year for CMU in 2012.
  • Anne-Sophie Charest (PhD, Stat) has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the CMU Graduate Service Award. This award is given in recognition of graduate student service that has "advanced the interests of Carnegie Mellon graduate students, improved the quality of life for graduate students on campus and/or contributed to the larger academic community". Anne-Sophie will receive her award during the Graduate Student Research Symposium on April 5th.
  • Sonia Siok (SDS, Stat) has been selected as a recipient of the CMU Alumni Association Student Service Award for 2012. She is being honored for her service to the university community and the surrounding Pittsburgh community. Sonia will be recognized during the Fall 2012 Homecoming weekend.
  • Brittanie Boone (Econ-Stat, 2012) has been chosen as a 2011-2012 Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar. This award is for seniors who "embody high standards of academic excellence combined with multi-dimensional characteristics such as volunteerism, involvement in student organizations, participation in sports or the...
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June 28, 2010, 3:23PM

William F. Eddy, the John C. Warner Professor of Statistics, will complete his second three-year term as chairman of the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) at the National Academies on June 30. CNSTAT is an independent and objective resource for evaluating and improving the work of the highly decentralized U.S. federal statistical system. Eddy is the only person to have chaired both statistics committees at the National Academies, having previously been chairman of the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics.

April 22, 2010, 11:44AM

Joseph B. Kadane, the Leonard J. Savage University Professor of Statistics and Social Sciences, Emeritus, was elected a 2010 Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Kadane joins 229 leaders in the sciences, social sciences, the humanities, the arts, business and public affairs to be elected this year to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The election of Dr. Kadane, along with 2 other University members from the School of Computer Science inductees, this year marks the highest number of academy inductees in any one year for Carnegie Mellon.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy’s elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs. The membership of this institution now stands at 4000 American Fellows, and 600 Foreign Honorary Members, and we are proud to support Dr. Kadane as one of the newest!

April 12, 2010, 4:18PM

Today, April 12th 2010, we have launched a major redesign of our department website. The new site design provides online visitors with dramatic improvements in navigation, appearance and accessibility. We expect the new site to enhance our ability to communicate our current projects and expertise to the world, and hope that this flow of information will create even more valuable partnerships with others in the field of statistics. Look forward to the addition of more resources available here in the near future!