The 35th Fisher Memorial Lecture
University of Toronto
Statistics departments in Canada are scrambling to introduce programs in data science, and the situation is doubtless very similar in many other countries. Many of these programs concentrate on training, with somewhat less emphasis on research. I will present my views on some of the associated research areas, with emphasis on lessons learned from a six-month thematic program on Big Data that took place at the Fields Institute in 2015. While it is difficult to predict the long term impact of the rush to data science, there does seem to be an interesting mix of both old and new statistics involved.