Department of Statistics


  • Documenting the impact of hunting in the Amazon
    14 October 2016
    Department of Statistics conservation expert Rachel Fewster has used previously unpublished shipping records to estimate how hunting affected animal population survival rates in the Amazon region.
  • Rapid eradication assessment tool developed
    18 August 2016
    Researchers from the University of Auckland Department of Statistics and School of Biological Sciences have developed a new online tool for rapidly confirming when pests have been successfully eradicated from an area.
  • How R took the world by storm
    03 June 2016
    How did the statistical programming language R grow from a simple help-out for undergrad students to a global sensation? Associate Professor Ross Ihaka of the Department of Statistics tells the story in the latest issue of alumni magazine Ingenio.
  • Machine learning specialist joins Statistics
    08 April 2016
    Can we make machines think like we do? Maybe, says machine learning expert Mehdi Soleymani, who recently started in the Department of Statistics.
  • Retiring in numbers
    08 April 2016
    Several well-known faces at the Department of Statistics have retired – or reducing their hours as a prelude to retirement – this month.
  • Conservation silver bullet?
    24 March 2016
    An international team of 30 scientists has conducted the first-ever global study measuring the benefits of eradication of invasive mammals on islands and concludes it is one of the most effective tools in the conservation arsenal.
  • Science subjects rate highly internationally
    22 March 2016
    Science subjects at the University of Auckland are highly placed in this year’s QS World University Rankings with the University rated number one in the country in almost all subjects.
  • Bus arrival times: Making better predictions
    07 March 2016
    Auckland commuters know the frustration well: You’re waiting for a bus, and the electronic board shows it’s three minutes away. Ten minutes later, you’re still standing there, wondering what’s going on. Or the board may say a bus is 10 minutes away – but it suddenly turns up when you’re not paying attention.
  • Thomas Lumley becomes Royal Society Fellow
    23 February 2016
    Professor Thomas Lumley of the Department of Statistics has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand for his contributions both to statistical theory and to statistical practice.
  • Associate Professor Renate Meyer: Helping to create waves of change
    12 February 2016
    When US-based researchers announced on Friday that they that they had detected gravitational waves, Renate Meyer was up at 4.30am to watch the live broadcast online from her home in Auckland.
  • Digging deeper in the text mine
    09 February 2016
    We’ve all answered opinion surveys that provide a limited choice of answers to click on – then end with an open-ended question such as “Do you have any additional comments?” The problem with these, says visiting statistician Professor Matthias Schonlau is that the insights they offer are often ignored by analysts, apart from providing some anecdotes.
  • Lifetime achievement award for statistics education leader
    02 February 2016
    Congratulations to Associate Professor Maxine Pfannkuch, who has been recognised with a lifetime achievement award from the New Zealand Statistical Association (NZSA).
  • From the All Blacks to social data: Summer scholars hard at work
    02 February 2016
    Learn about some of the research our summer scholarship students have been doing over the past couple of months.
  • Rodent eradication successes documented in journal special issue
    13 January 2016
    A special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Ecology has been released documenting both the history and state-of-the-art of rodent eradications in New Zealand.
  • October 20: Celebrating the power of statistics
    20 October 2015
    Today is World Statistics Day, and statisticians all over the globe will be showcasing the value of their work under the theme ‘Better data, better lives’.
  • Free data-analysis course runs again
    16 September 2015
    The very popular eight-week MOOC course, called Data to Insight: An Introduction to Data Analysis, is running again this year. Its third year in a row.
  • Verbal abuse the biggest bullying problem at school
    15 July 2015
    School students think verbal mistreatment is the biggest bullying issue in schools – higher than cyberbullying, social or relational bullying such as social exclusion and spreading gossip, or physical bullying.
  • Scholars dig deep over summer
    16 February 2015
    Meet our Summer Scholar students in Statistics
  • Growing success of 'R' featured in latest Nature magazine
    12 January 2015
    ‘R’ – the free and open source programming language originally developed by two Statisticians from the University of Auckland– has been featured in the first issue of Nature in 2015.
  • At home in a world of big data: Department of Statistics launches MOOC
    06 October 2014
    Department of Statistics launches MOOC