Statistics and Big Data at Google

Statistics and Big Data at Google

Tim Hesterberg, Google

Google lives on data. Search, Ads, YouTube, Maps, ... - they all live on data. I'll tell some stories about how Google uses data and statistics, how Google is always experimenting to make improvements (yes, this includes your searches), and how Google adapts statistical ideas to do things that have never been done before.


Dr. Tim Hesterberg is a Senior Ads Quality Statistician at Google. He previously worked at Insightful (S-PLUS). He received his Ph.D. In Statistics from Stanford University under Brad Efron. He is co-author of Chihara and Hesterberg, Mathematical Statistics with Resampling and R, Wiley (2011). His interests include resampling, regularized regression, missing data, and sequential designs.

He is a Sierra Club leader, does water bottle rockets with kids, and has led trips of high school students setting up computer labs in Guatemala, Ecuador, and Costa Rica.


- 6:15pm pizza and networking

- 7:00pm talk starts

Venue: This meetup will be hosted by Google's Venice office (340 Main Street, Venice).

Please RSVP as places are limited. 

To access the event's location you will need to pass security. Only people with confirmed RSVP will be granted access. In addition the name you are using on meetup will need to match your name on your picture ID. So, in case you are using for example just your first name or some alias on meetup, you will need to change it to your full name.

Parking: There will be no parking provided, but you can park likely for free after 6pm in the streets nearby. Make sure about possible restrictions though (private parking lot / non-free / time limits etc).

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  • Alex L.

    Great event, and hope to see more R events on this side of the LA, and you are all welcome to our Open Data meetup in Glendale,

    March 8, 2014

  • Jeff G.

    Nice, clear and interesting presentation - thanks for organizing

    March 7, 2014

  • Jian Z.

    Would that be possible to have Tim post his slides? And is the Bootstrap package being released by next week. Couldn't wait to see it. Because of the syntax, I hardly use boot, I would rather write my own bootstrap function. Can't wait to explore the functionality of Tim's Bootstrap package.

    March 7, 2014

    • - Szilard Pafka -

      I asked Tim, Google does not allow him to share the slides, sorry.

      March 7, 2014

  • - Szilard Pafka -

    Here is the list of data events I had on my slides:

    LA Big Data Camp

    useR! 2014 conference (R conference this year in LA!)

    1 · March 6, 2014

    • Jian Z.

      Not open to register yet.

      March 7, 2014

  • Jeff W.

    Really educational to see how a huge company like google uses Statistics. Liked the idea of always and ongoing experiments, even for small incremental gain. Much thanks to Tim Hesterberg.

    March 7, 2014

  • Scott P.

    I thought all the examples were great, and Tim was extremely clear. Thanks Tim and Pete for speaking and hosting us at Google! I also learned a new term... it was inspiring to learn about "Dog Fooding".

    March 6, 2014

  • - Szilard Pafka -

    Here is the list of data meetup groups I had on my slides:

    LA R meetup

    LA Machine Learning

    LA Hadoop

    Data Science Track (within LA Machine Learning)

    DataVis LA

    LA Big Data

    March 6, 2014

  • Kit P.

    Fantastic meetup! Great talk, great venue.

    March 6, 2014

  • Eduardo Arino de la R.

    Spectacular. He would be fantastic for the data science meetup :-)

    March 6, 2014

  • - Szilard Pafka -

    For tonight @Google, please "enter at the walk in gate at the south east corner of the Google offices (Hampton and Sunset) and there is a large walk-in gate on Sunset where there will be a security guard. There is a large roll-up garage-style door where we'll have a table set up to check people in and give them their name badges."

    March 6, 2014

    • Marshall

      Thanks for everything, Szilard!

      1 · March 6, 2014

    • Jeff W.

      yeah, Szilard, you really are putting together some interesting talks. thanks.

      March 6, 2014

  • David


    Unfortunately a work event got pushed and I will not be able to attend. I apologize and I hope someone can use my RSVP.

    March 6, 2014

    • Jian Z.

      Thanks I am here

      March 6, 2014

  • - Szilard Pafka -

    I closed the RSVPs (3pm) and sent final list to Google.

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • June

    Change in plans but will attend next event. Thanks!

    March 6, 2014

  • William Q.

    Hi Szilard!

    I'll no longer able to go due last minute changes in my schedule. I will be giving my RSVP so another person can attend. I'd like to say thank you either way for getting this event together.

    March 6, 2014

  • Jimmy K.

    I would like to attend this event...

    March 6, 2014

  • snanjan

    I would to attend this session

    March 5, 2014

  • Tim Triche, J.

    Hope this isn't too late to open up a slot

    March 4, 2014

  • Leela Krishna K

    I'd like to attend, is this recorded?

    March 3, 2014

  • - Szilard Pafka -

    As you might have noticed has been DDoS-ed and down for most of the last 3 days. I have prepared for the worse:

    1. Please follow me on Twitter @DataScienceLA (Szilard), I'll post updates about the events and the final RSVP lists there (make sure you are on it, otherwise you'll not be able to pass security).

    2. I have just saved the current RSVP list right now, so in case is down, we'll have to go with the one as of now.

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • Jian Liang Z.

    hope I can get through the waiting list. Do we have a way to know what position we are on the waiting list?

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going to the one in Pasadena instead.

    January 30, 2014

  • Farid H.

    Thanks, can't wait to see yall there.

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • Sath

    Like to be part of this event

    January 29, 2014

  • Amarpal S.

    Looking forward to it.

    January 26, 2014

  • Jeff W.

    I think I might have accidentally just RSVP'd twice. I understand there will be a waiting list so if I have, can someone clear (just one, not both) of my RSVPs to make room for someone else. (NOTE: I will still be coming. Just not two of me.) Thanks

    January 24, 2014

    • - Szilard Pafka -

      No worries, you'll take only one spot no matter how many times you hit RSVP.

      January 24, 2014

  • William Q.

    Can't wait to meet the community!

    January 24, 2014

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