Andrew Gelman, Higgins Professor of Statistics, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University, delivers a University Lecture on the statistical crisis in science and how to move forward. Using examples ranging from elections to birthdays to policy analysis, Professor Gelman discusses ways in which statistical methods have failed, leading to a replication crisis in much of science, as well as directions for improvements through statistical methods that make use of more information.

Inaugurated in 1971 and sponsored by the Offices of the President and Provost, the University Lecture is a semiannual address given by an outstanding member of the Columbia University faculty, celebrating his or her work and academic achievements. The Lecture provides a forum for in-depth exploration on a topic of the speaker’s choice.


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