Oct 20: Statistics in Practice

In our Briefing this week, we revisit a topic we looked at a while ago, the epidemiology of gang activity in El Salvador, and look at the impact of Covid. Our spotlight is on: Oct 30 - Nov 27:  Sample Size and Power Determination   See…

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Student Spotlight: Suma Krishnaprasad

Meet Suma Krishnaprasad Data Scientist, Cleveland Clinic Suma Krishnaprasad was the first data scientist hired at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. She works to develop and deploy predictive models, and also to provide statistical design and analysis for dozens of clinical trials and other research projects. She…

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Gangs and Covid

Dr. Carlos Carcach is Professor & Director of the Center for Public Policy at the Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios (ESEN) in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, and coordinator of ESEN's post-graduate program in predictive analytics, which offers online instruction in partnership with Statistics.com, using…

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Student Spotlight: Jessica Sproviero

Meet Jessica Sproviero,Assistant Vice President at Merrill Financial Services Jessica Sproviero has been working for several years in finance (asst. VP at Merrill Financial Services) while pursuing a degree at Thomas Edison State University (TESU).  She entered the data science portion of the program (provided…

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Oct 6: Statistics in Practice

In our Briefing this week, we take a look at unemployment insurance fraud and a statistical tool for catching the crooks. Our course spotlight is on: Oct 23 - Nov 20:  Spatial Statistics See you in class! Peter Bruce Founder, Author, and Senior Scientist Unemployment…

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Unemployment Insurance Fraud – Catching the Crooks

The worldwide Covid recession has led to a dramatic increase in unemployment and, hence, Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims. The figure below, from the U.S. Dept. of Labor (via https://www.npr.org/2020/03/26/821580191/unemployment-claims-expected-to-shatter-records), shows new claims on a weekly basis. Compare the March Covid-related peak on the right to…

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