Speaker: Peter Diggle (Lancaster University and Health Data Research UK)
A major challenge for the statistics discipline in the twenty-first century is to respond positively to the rise of data science in order to maintain the relevance of statistical method (singular) as an integral component of scientific method. As the twenty-first century progresses, effective statistical science will increasingly depend on close collaboration between statisticians and subject-matter experts, with the analysis strategy reflecting not only the data-format, but also the purpose of the analysis, i.e. a shift in focus from data to problems. In this talk, I shall offer a personal perspective on this challenge, in the specific context of spatial and spatio-temporal modelling of public health data.