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An emergency response team for data?

September 19, 2020

Harvard Data Science Review airs COVID-19 findings

DData science has made key contributions in the battle against COVID-19, from tracking cases and deaths to understanding how populations move during travel restrictions to vaccine design. The Harvard Data Science Initiative is working to support faculty members, students, and fellows in designing and applying the tools of statistics and computer science and creating a community to foster the flow of ideas. The year-old Harvard Data Science Review published a...

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An Update on the HDSI's Efforts to Combat Racism and Bias

August 17, 2020

On June 23, 2020, the Harvard Data Science Initiative released an Anti-Racism Statement in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the outpouring of public anger their murders impelled.  In that Statement, we committed to “identify concrete ways in which we, as a Harvard data science community, can support research programs and education that expose bias in the way data and data science is used, as well as advance research into fair and responsible...

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Harvard Data Science Review Launches Issue 2:3

July 30, 2020

The latest issue of HDSR has just launched, and it contains a timely collection of 15 articles (6 forthcoming in August and September) that should inspire much discussion and debate. Editor-In-Chief Xiao-Li Meng appropriately sets the stage for the reader with his delightful editorial (complete with a recipe), “What is your List of 10 Challenges in Data Science?”  This issue truly embodies HDSR’s mantra, Everything Data Science and Data Science for Everyone, as it features a high school student, a comedian, and two presidents (one for a university and one for a professional society), among many others from industry and academia.
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Harvard Data Science Initiative Awarded Grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

July 29, 2020

The Harvard Data Science Initiative (HDSI) has received a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support a team of Harvard faculty working on new methods for causal inference and machine learning.

“Existing causal inference methods largely address simple situations where the intervention is binary—for example, receiving treatment or not—and the observations are independent across time and space,” explains Francesca Dominici, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population, and Data Science at the Harvard T.H....

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Surgo Foundation launches the Africa COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index

July 13, 2020

Inspired by their U.S.-based COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index—the Africa CCVI assesses 751 regions in 48 African countries on their ability to handle the social, economic, and health impacts of a COVID-19 outbreak. It is intended to help government leaders, health officials, researchers, planners and others stay one step ahead of the pandemic—by allowing them to drill down locally and design...

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HDSI Postdoctoral Fellows Anti-Racism Statement

June 23, 2020

The Harvard Data Science Initiative (HDSI) Postdoctoral Fellows feel outrage and anguish over the killings, police brutality, and injustices that disproportionately affect and marginalize Black people in America. The events of the past few weeks have been profound reminders of the systemic racism and injustice throughout our society and the dedicated work on which we need to act in order to dismantle racial inequity.... Read more about HDSI Postdoctoral Fellows Anti-Racism Statement