HDSI and HDSR statements on anti-racism

The Harvard Data Science Initiative condemns the murders of eight people in Atlanta on March 16. Six of the eight victims were Asian women. Their killings took place against a backdrop of increasing violence and violent rhetoric towards Asian Americans and Asian American women in particular. These facts underscore the importance of recognizing and combating the pervasive systemic racism and misogyny in our society, and we are reminded of the important role data science can play in uncovering and addressing those and other forms of discrimination.

Read our full statement on AAPI Racism here.

The Harvard Data Science Initiative and the Harvard Data Science Review share the grief and outrage of people throughout the United States and around the world over the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other unnamed Black lives. We abhor the racial inequity that is felt every day by people across our country.

Read our full statement here.
Read our August 2020 update here.

COVID-19 Resources Collected by the HDSI

Researchers across Harvard are using data science to tackle the novel coronavirus in an attempt to understand its transmission and slow its spread.  In this unprecedented period, we will post their stories on this website and across our social media accounts.  Featured work may represent initial results of early stage research conducted at Harvard University and may not yet have undergone peer review.  This research is evolving quickly.

 If you know of important work or opportunities that you would like us to highlight, please email datascience@harvard.edu.

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Featured News from the Harvard Data Science Initiative

2021 HDSI Competitive Research Fund Awards

April 20, 2021

Each year the Harvard Data Science Initiative Competitive Research Fund provides targeted seed and bridge funding to Harvard faculty who propose novel methods, innovations, or solutions to data science challenges. Since 2017 the HDSI has provided over $1.4 million in funding across the University.

This year the HDSI awarded funds to projects by Boaz Barak (Computer Science), Edo Berger (Astronomy), ...

Read more about 2021 HDSI Competitive Research Fund Awards

HDSR Podcast Episode 2

April 15, 2021
We’re going to the Oscars on this month’s episode of the HDSR Podcast.  What are the biggest predictors of an Oscar win?  What are the pros and cons of using quantitative vs. qualitative data? Has the film industry’s increased use of streaming services impacted Oscar predictions? We investigate these questions and more by speaking with two renowned Oscar experts: Boston Globe film critic and columnist Ty Burr and Ben Zauzmer, author of Oscarmetrics... Read more about HDSR Podcast Episode 2

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