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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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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

HDSI Anti-Racism Statement

June 23, 2020

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 more about HDSI Anti-Racism Statement

Trust in Science and COVID-19 Special RFP

May 11, 2020

Today the Harvard Data Science Initiative is launching a Special RFP for Trust in Science and COVID-19.

The goal of the Special COVID-19 Trust in Science RFP is to enable faculty across Harvard to study issues related to trust in science, broadly construed, in the context of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The HDSI welcomes data-science related proposals from all disciplines that seek to explore issues such as: the credibility of data and data models, the spread of information and misinformation, issues related to communication of scientific findings in a pandemic, data-driven indicators of consensus around scientific findings and recommendations, uptake of recommendations in different communities and national contexts, and the effect and impact of open data on public trust. These are examples only and applicants are encouraged to think broadly.... Read more about Trust in Science and COVID-19 Special RFP