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Xiao-Li Meng | Personalized Treatment: Sounds heavenly, but where on Earth did they find the right guinea pig for me?

  • Harvard Center Shanghai 5F, HSBC Building, Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue Shanghai China (map)
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Talk and Reception with Prof. Xiao-Li Meng

Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Whipple V. N. Jones Professor of Statistics, Harvard University

Personalized Treatment: Sounds heavenly, but where on Earth did they find the right guinea pig for me?

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Dear Harvard Alumni and Friends,

The Harvard Center Shanghai cordially invites you to a talk by and reception with Prof. Xiao-Li Meng, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, on Friday, January 23rd, 2015. Dean Meng will give a presentation entitled “Personalized Treatment: Sounds heavenly, but where on Earth did they find the right guinea pig for me?”

Big data have prompted many advances, or at least our desires for them, such as personalized treatment in medicine, education, marketing, etc. But how big are the data to show that the promised treatment actually has worked for someone exactly like me? OK, no one should take “personalized” literally. But then how impersonalized can a treatment be while still being labeled scientifically as personalized? This talk invites the audience to consider such questions from a statistical perspective, while along the way revealing a prevailing statistical trap–the Simpson’s Paradox–and how it has misled us in making our professional decisions and personal choices. The talk is also a showcase of a Gen Ed Course at Harvard: Real-Life Statistics: Your Chance for Happiness (or Misery), as well as Harvard’s leadership in Ph.D. education: GSUE (Graduate Seminar for Undergraduate Education). As such, no statistical background is needed, but only the willingness to think critically and deeply, and to question what really matters: size or science?

Seats are limited. If you are interested, kindly RSVP immediately to Tracy Qin at [email protected]. First come first served. Light refreshments will be served.

Warm regards,
Harvard Center Shanghai

Event Details:
Date and time: January 23rd, 2015; 16:30 reception; 5:00-6:00pm talk with Q&A Venue: Harvard Center Shanghai
5F, HSBC Building, Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue, Shanghai
Tel: 86 (21) 3852-3800
Cost: Free (By Invitation Only) 

Earlier Event: January 21
Alumni Mixer at BeerGrdn