Department of Statistics

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.

  • 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.
  • Telling the stories in shattered glass
    20 July 2017
    Glass is one of the most common types of trace evidence, and, outside of DNA, is the field of evidence interpretation that makes the most use of statistics, explains Department of Statistics PhD student Anjali Gupta.
  • Stargazing with statistics
    19 July 2017
    Dr Brendon Brewer from the Department of Statistics is an astrostatistician, using statistics to determine precisely what stars exist, exactly where they are, and how bright they are.
  • Take 10 with... Dr Yalu Wen
    30 June 2017
    Dr Yalu Wen from the Department of Statistics gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss big genetic data, and their impact on our understanding and treatment of disease.
  • Could you be hypnotised?
    02 June 2017
    A team of neuroscientists led by Associate Professor Greg Anson, Professor Winston Byblow and Associate Professor Jim Stinear are recruiting healthy right-handed individuals between 18 and 40 years old for a study of motor imagery and hypnosis.