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The data science community in AstraZeneca Cambridge will be holding a series of meetups where we will invite data science leaders from within AstraZeneca and throughout the UK to present leading edge data science research. This meetup is for any practitioner or researcher from within the surrounding area who is interested in attending our guest speaker presentations.

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Prediction and Inference: two sides of the same coin?



Chris Holmes, Professor in Biostatistics at the Department of Statistics and the Nuffield Department of Medicine (Oxford), and Scientific Director for the Health Programme at the Alan Turing Institute

Talk Abstract:

Professor Holmes will talk about the intersection of statistics and machine learning:

The two worlds of machine learning (ML) and statistical science are often distinguished by their relative focus on prediction or inference tasks, with ML tending to the former and Statistics the latter. We discuss the historical links between prediction and inference and the fundamental connection from a Bayesian perspective, leading to the notion of “predictive inference”. Predictive inference provides new insights into old problems, such as the difference between frequentist and Bayesian uncertainty quantification and the use of held-out-samples (cross-validation) and Bayesian model choice. Predictive inference suggests how we might better use modern ML methods for scientific inference. The talk will highlight concepts, rather than technical details that are available in accompanying publications, with the aim of accessibility.

About the Speaker:
Prof. Holmes' research explores the potential of computational statistics and statistical machine learning to assist in the medical and health sciences. His research group works on probabilistic models and Bayesian decision analysis in complex biomedical data environments. This includes theoretical foundations, novel methodology, and “hands-on” study driven data science.

He holds a joint Statutory Professorship in Biostatistics at the departments of Statistics and the Nuffield Department of Medicine, and is Scientific Director for the Health Programme at the Alan Turing Institute, London.

18:00 – 18:30 Attendees arrive, pizza and drinks
18:30 – 19:30 Speaker presentation, Q&A
19:30 – 20:00 Questions & networking

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