Welcome to the Department of Statistics

"Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write." H.G. Wells

Ihaka Lectures

In March 2017 our department inaugurated the highly successful Ihaka Lecture series - themed 'Statistical Computing in the Data Age'. Find out more and watch videos from each of the lectures.

Data to Insight MOOC

Our hugely popular MOOC is running again until 22 May. It offers a hands-on introduction to statistical data analysis, emphasising fundamental concepts and practical skills. Sign up at any time.

  • The art of teaching statistics to teenagers
    22 August 2017
    Anna Fergusson is a Professional Teaching Fellow in the Department of Statistics and is doing her PhD which explores accessible ways to introduce school students to what she calls “the modern art and science of learning from data”.
  • Protecting our coastal waters
    22 August 2017
    Auckland-born Blake Seers grew up a keen kayaker, beachgoer and coastal photographer and has just finished his PhD looking at the impacts that climate change will have on sedimentation in coastal waters.
  • Statistics inspires community engagement with conservation
    11 August 2017
    The Department of Statistics CatchIT programme is now an inspiring case study in the government's new Environmental Education for Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan
  • Estimating the gaps in air pollution data
    21 July 2017
    Department of Statistics doctoral student Fangyao Li is using National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to best estimate concentrations of fine particles of air pollution.
  • Raising the Bar Event as iCalendar
    29 August 2017, 6 - 9:30pm
    Join Professor Alexei Drummond, Dr James Russell, Professor John Montgomery and Professor Shaun Hendy in the New Zealand debut of Raising the Bar.
  • Analysis of time-to-event (survival) data - Workshop by Thomas Lumley Event as iCalendar
    12 September 2017 - 13 September 2017
    This workshop will be led by Professor Thomas Lumley. This two-day workshop will cover data exploration, data summaries, and regression modelling for time-to-event data. There will be both lecture and practical sessions.
  • Graphics in R Event as iCalendar
    10 December 2017, 8:30am - 12:30pm
    One in a series of four, this workshop is of special relevance to those involved in teaching statistics at all levels (e.g., secondary schools and universities), including the general learning of statistical concepts and exploratory data analysis, especially within a Big Data context.
  • NZSA/IASC-ARS Conference and Workshops on Statistical Computing Event as iCalendar
    11 December 2017 - 14 December 2017
    It is our great pleasure to invite you to Auckland to attend the 10th Conference of the IASC-ARS/68th Annual NZSA Conference to be hosted by the University of Auckland's Department of Statistics in December 2017 (10-14 Dec 2017).