Department of Statistics


  • Concern over quality of Māori Census data
    25 July 2018
    Andrew Sporle, a researcher in the Department of Statistics, is among a group of indigenous scholars sounding the alarm over the quality of Māori data in this year’s Census.
  • The secrets of scampi stock assessment
    18 July 2018
    Of all the creatures in the sea, why is scampi so intriguing? Dr Ian Tuck did his PhD on scampi fisheries ecology and now works for NIWA, while also working on collaborative research projects in the Department of Statistics. Find out more.
  • Making sure the forecast fits
    28 June 2018
    Shanika Wickramasuriya, who started with the Department of Statistics as a lecturer in February 2018, focuses her work on time-series analysis, forecasting and computational statistics. Her research helps companies look at their past data to predict their future needs.
  • Becoming a probabilist | Simon Harris branches out
    20 June 2018
    Associate Professor Simon Harris from the from the United Kingdom, is a probabilist. His research focuses on branching processes, including branching Brownian motions.
  • University of Auckland professor announced as new Chief Science Advisor
    12 June 2018
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits the University of Auckland today to announce Professor Juliet Gerrard will take up the role of Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.
  • Statistics key to measuring the health of New Zealand's kelp forests
    06 June 2018
    Dr Nick Shears, who shares his time between the Institute of Marine Science and the Department of Statistics, talks about his research exploring the issue of sedimentation and climate change on kelp forests in Auckland’s coastal waters.
  • Taking a measured approach
    23 May 2018
    Dr Beatrix Jones, who has just started with the Department of Statistics as a senior lecturer, focuses her attention on metabolomics, the study of the set of metabolites present within a fluid or tissue.
  • Professor challenges graduates to query statistics in the media
    14 May 2018
    Statistics’ Professor Thomas Lumley has urged new graduates to use their skills to critique the data-based claims made in news media.
  • Donate to a fund supporting statistics and statisticians
    01 May 2018
    Did you know that the Department of Statistics has a philanthropic fund which supports statistics and statisticians? Find out how you can help.
  • Top teachers recognised
    29 March 2018
    Seven lecturers who deliver Department of Statistics courses have been recognised for their contribution to teaching in 2017 in a newly-instituted departmental awards scheme.
  • Ihaka Lecture Series a success
    27 March 2018
    The Department of Statistics is delighted at the event turnout and online engagement for their second annual Ihaka Lecture Series.
  • Visual Trumpery - the good and bad of data journalism
    25 March 2018
    Ihaka Lecture guest speaker, Alberto Cairo, warns we must beware of data visualisations that look convincing but skew the truth. He talks to Radio NZ about how good data journalism makes important information easily understandable.
  • Statistics rises up the ranks
    23 March 2018
    The University of Auckland has been ranked in the top 50 worldwide for Statistics and Operations Research, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.
  • The Cambridge Analytica fallout
    21 March 2018
    Doctoral candidate Liza Bolton talks to Radio NZ about the Cambridge Analytica investigation and why it's causing so much concern.
  • Faculty of Science Postdoctoral Society
    09 March 2018
    The Postdoctoral Society is going from strength to strength since their inaugural research symposium in 2016.
  • R star launches fundraising appeal
    08 March 2018
    Leading R developer Hadley Wickham is calling on everyone who uses the statistical programming language R to donate just one dollar for every hour they have used it in the past year.
  • Expanding the R toolkit
    19 February 2018
    Associate Professor Paul Murrell’s work on graphics in R is a bit unusual – he mostly doesn't create graphs, but develops tools so others can.
  • Crunching the numbers to combat child poverty
    16 February 2018
    An estimated 12 percent of New Zealand children are living in material hardship. Aiming to change that are Department of Statistics researchers Dr Barry Milne, Andrew Sporle and their colleagues.
  • New data portal “a complete game changer”
    08 February 2018
    The Department of Statistics has gained access to a world-leading government data project that is a huge advance for academics studying New Zealanders’ wellbeing.
  • Leading statisticians and operations researchers meet in Auckland
    20 December 2017
    More than 400 of the world’s top statisticians and operations researchers congregated at the University of Auckland last week for a joint meeting of three of their peak bodies.