Are Statisticians First or Second Responders? Some Lessons from Haiti

Senior Fellow Fritz Scheuren will present "Are Statisticians First or Second Responders? Some Lessons from Haiti" on Friday January 11, 2013 as part of the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association's (ASA) luncheon.

Haiti has been much in the news in recent years. The 2010 earthquake, subsequent relief efforts and the 2010/2011 presidential election were all widely reported. Not in the news were efforts made by statisticians from the American Statistical Association to do "data driven decision-making." The talk will begin with some context setting, both historic and geographic. Some of the history of Haiti results from repeated interventions by the United States and so we bear some responsibility. Anyway, our history forms a starting point framing current events. Details of the earthquake and its aftermath are covered with some pictorial reminders. Issues of sampling after the disaster posed some statistical challenges and these will be dealt with. The presidential election and concerns about ballot stuffing are also covered, including how the ballot stuffing allegations were addressed statistically. A small afterword on Haiti now and on its continuing needs will be opened for audience participation.

Lunch is $30 for CCASA members, $35 for non-members, and $10 for students. Reduced fee parking available at EBC with validation. Please register for the luncheon by Thursday, January 10, 2013.

To learn more about the lunch, the ASA, or to register, visit the site.