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AI, Pizza, and Beer: Gary King - Big Data is Not About The Data!

  • May 14, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Join NEAI for presentations and conversations about topics in artificial intelligence followed by study groups and networking. Share your projects, ask for help, help each other, and collaborate/commiserate over pizza and beer.

This month's presenter:

Gary King, PhD - Big Data is Not About The Data!

Gary King is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University -- one of 24 with the title of University Professor, Harvard's most distinguished faculty position. He is based in the Department of Government (in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences) and serves as Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. King develops and applies empirical methods in many areas of social science research, focusing on innovations that span the range from statistical theory to practical application.

King has been elected Fellow in 6 honorary societies (National Academy of Sciences 2010, American Statistical Association 2009, American Association for the Advancement of Science 2004, American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1998, Society for Political Methodology 2008, and American Academy of Political and Social Science 2004), President of the Society for Political Methodology [masked]), and Vice President of the American Political Science Association [masked]). He was appointed a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation [masked]), Visiting Fellow at Oxford (1994), and Senior Science Advisor to the World Health Organization [masked]). King has won more than 30 "best of" awards for his work -- including the Career Achievement Award (2010), Warren Miller Prize (2008), McGraw-Hill Award (2006), Durr Award (2005), Gosnell Prize (1999 and 1997), Outstanding Statistical Application Award (2000), Donald Campbell Award (1997), Eulau Award (1995), Mills Award (1993), Pi Sigma Alpha Award (2005, 1998, and 1993), APSA Research Software Award (2005, 1997, 1994, and 1992), Okidata Best Research Software Award (1999), Okidata Best Research Web Site Award (1999), Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award (2011), among others. His more than 130 journal articles, 20 open source software packages, and 8 books span most aspects of political methodology, many fields of political science, and several other scholarly disciplines.

King's work is widely read across scholarly fields and beyond academia. He was listed as the most cited political scientist of his cohort; among the group of "political scientists who have made the most important theoretical contributions" to the discipline "from its beginnings in the late-19th century to the present"; and on ISI's list of the most highly cited researchers across the social sciences. His work on legislative redistricting has been used in most American states by legislators, judges, lawyers, political parties, minority groups, and private citizens, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. His work on inferring individual behavior from aggregate data has been used in as many states by these groups, and in many other practical contexts. His contribution to methods for achieving cross-cultural comparability in survey research have been used in surveys in over eighty countries by researchers, governments, and private concerns. King led an evaluation of the Mexican universal health insurance program, which includes the largest randomized health policy experiment to date. The statistical methods and software he developed are used extensively in academia, government, consulting, and private industry.  He is a founder, and an inventor of the original technology for, Crimson HexagonLearning Catalytics, and other firms.

King has had many students and postdocs, many of whom now hold faculty positions at leading universities and companies. He has collaborated with more than seventy scholars, including many of his students, on research for publication. He has served on more than 30 editorial boards; on the governing councils of the American Political Science Association, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, the Society for Political Methodology, and the Midwest Political Science Association; and on several National Research Council and National Science Foundation panels.

King received a B.A. from SUNY New Paltz (1980) and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984). His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the National Institute of Aging, the Global Forum for Health Research, and centers, corporations, foundations, and other federal agencies.

 

 

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  • Gary K.

    Thanks everyone for the terrific questions, great conversations, and kind words. It is an enviable group.

    3 · May 17, 2013

    • Charlie F.

      Could you let me know where and when the Wednesday talks you mentioned occur?

      May 17, 2013

    • Gary K.

      sure, will do. we're revamping the mailing list and web site and will post details when we get it. should be a couple of weeks. the seminar is Wednesdays 12-1:30pm in CGIS 354N (1737 Cambridge Street), during weeks when school is in session. but more news soon!

      May 17, 2013

  • Tim S.

    Hi everyone. The video of Gary's talk is now up on YouTube. You can find it here: http://youtu.be/rh_Jvspojow

    May 17, 2013

  • ms

    Entertaining.

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I missed it - is there a recording somewhere?

    May 15, 2013

  • Hugh

    Good speaker.

    May 15, 2013

  • Theophano M.

    I agree. Fantastic speech, with useful insights of big data applications in real life. So refreshing to hear about big data applications other than marketing and online advertising.

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • John V.

    very cool, interesting, and insightful research!

    May 15, 2013

  • George A . C.

    The speaker was knowledgeable . The modulation of his voice and the variation of the distance of the microphone made the voice content not understandable at times.
    Try using a clip on microphone next time to at least solve half of the problem.

    May 15, 2013

  • Tom F

    Thank you Gary for a spirited and informative talk and to the hosts and organizers for a wonderful get together. I'm looking forward to many more.

    May 15, 2013

  • Rich

    it was a fantastic meetup!!

    May 15, 2013

  • Marc N.

    Sadly I have a conflict with an event at my temple. Take notes and tell me all about it.

    May 13, 2013

    • Dan Von K.

      We're going to edit and host the video. I'll post a link when it's ready. :)

      May 15, 2013

    • Guru

      Great, thanks a ton !

      May 15, 2013

  • Dan Von K.

    Great talk!

    May 15, 2013

  • Daniel P.

    Thank you for organizing this wonderful event, and thank you to Gary for the very interesting presentation!

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Bitsy

    Thank you to Gary for giving us a taste of his interesting projects, to the organizers for putting this together and for hack/reduce for hosting!

    If anyone is interested in talking about understanding innovation in nineteenth century America through the text of patents, or knows someone who would, please contact me!

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Highly engaging and informative talk -- great speaker. Thanks for organizing!

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Ming S.

    Thanks to Professor King for the great talk about big data and analytics. Having read some of his papers and used his R packages in the past, it was truly a treat to listen to his insight and fun filled talk directly. The view offered can only come from someone with many years of creative work in the quantitative space cross multiple disciplines. The organizer did a great job to make this happen.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Attorney & Patent Atty M.

    great info

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Daniel G.

    Thanks to Gary King for the great talk and hack/reduce for hosting!

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Zhongyi C.

    Fantastic talk on Analytics. Very interesting projects. I learned a lot. Thanks you, Gary!

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Kaisar Nova K.

    Thanks to Gary for discussing UMass Amherst Economics graduate student Thomas Herndon's debunking of Reinhart and Rogoff after the presentation.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Martin G.

    We're not familiar with Boston traffic and were told by "those in the know" we wont' make it in time -- hopefully someone can see this and get there tonight on the spur of the moment -- sorry!! Enjoy!!

    May 14, 2013

  • Rita R.

    Sorry, unexpected conflict came up, I will not be able to make it. I hope it will be available online!

    May 14, 2013

  • Diane E. W.

    I will be attending an event hosted by MIT Technology Review.

    May 13, 2013

  • Joshua A.

    I hope to attend next time!

    1 · April 24, 2013

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