CIVICA Applied Data Science Seminar Series

Session 3 - Spring 2023

Session 3 - Spring 2022 will take place on Wednesday, 4:00 PM CET / 3:00 PM GMT 08 March 2023, on Zoom Meeting

About The Series

The CIVICA Data Science Seminar series is a unique multi-disciplinary series focused on applications and methodologies of data science for the social, political, and economic world.

Session 3 Spring 2023 Details

Mathematical models underlie the interpretation of data at all levels, whether we are fitting a simple linear regression or taking advantage of the most sophisticated machine learning techniques. Ultimately the purpose of data science is not to describe data but to make use of data to inform real-world actions, so in order to understand the degree to which our models can help inform decisions, we need to understand how good they are. Dr. Erica Thompson from the LSE Data Science Institute has recently published a book called Escape From Model Land, an accessible introduction to the pitfalls of constructing, calibrating and interpreting models.

This seminar will present a nuanced introduction to the use of models in data science, including how to make the most of the scenarios where we can justifiably have high confidence in model output as well as how to identify and work with those more speculative scenarios where we should expect to have lower confidence.

Seminar Speaker

Dr. Erica Thompson
Dr. Erica Thompson

Dr. Erica Thompson is a Senior Policy Fellow in Ethics of Modelling and Simulation at the LSE Data Science Institute. Erica's research is centred around the use of mathematical and computational models to inform real-world decision-making. Erica gained a PhD in Physics from Imperial College London on statistical and dynamical modelling of North Atlantic storms under climate change.


Ken Benoit

Welcome Introduction Prof. Ken Benoit, LSE

Setting the scene: Brief intro to the speaker and her talk

Dr. Erica Thompson

Seminar Session Dr. Erica Thompson, LSE

Models, mathematics, and data science: how to make sure we're answering the right questions

Research Discussion. Lead Institution

Q&A / Discussion on the research


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