Archived Events

 "Moving to a World Beyond 'p<0.05'"


 The American Statistician published a special issue on p values :"Moving to a World Beyond 'p<0.05'"


 Hiring for summer!


The QAI is now hiring for summer and fall 2019! Please see the opportunities page for details.


 STAT 309  Guest Lecture 


Kristen B.Hunter spoke on Fri 4/20 in STAT 309 on "negative control variables"


Wellesley is hiring a new lecturer in Quatitative Reasoning!

Details here


First QAI Lunch in Spring 2019


QAI hosted its first QAI lunch in spring 2019. Stephanie Song and Cynthia Chen presented their research.


QAI is hiring for the summer!

The QAI is hiring summer interns. 


Save the date for the QAI Poster Session: Tuesday, May 7th 

The annual QAI poster session would be held on Tuesday, May 7th during community time (4:10-5:30pm). Please check this page later for an update on location. 


2018 Electronic Undergraduate Statistics Research Conference

The QAI hosted a viewing event for the Electronic Undergraduate Statistics Research Conference. The virtual conference showcased presentations on statistics projects, panel discussions on graduate schools, careers and diversity in the field, and a keynote address by David Robinson, a Data Scientist from Stack Overflow. 


Statistics Course Information Session for Spring 2019 

The QAI hosted an information session for students interested in taking STAT courses in Spring 2019. The STAT courses offered in the spring include STAT 309 Causal Inference, STAT 228 Multivariable Statistical Analysis, and STAT 218 Introductory Statistics and Data Analysis, STAT 101 Reasoning With Data: Elementary Applied Statistics, and STAT 220 Probability.


Isolated Statistians Meeting 

Wellesley and the QAI hosted the 2018 New England Isolated Statistians Meeting. 

New QAI Intern Positions 


The QAI is now hirng for 2018! New this year: QAI Internships supporting a collaboration between the QAI and the Bayer Pharmaceutical. 


Math Department Colloquium

Professor Mitch Keller will give a colloquium. More details will be updated.

Date: Tuesday, October 24th, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Place: SCI-396


2017 Electronic Undergraduate Statistics Research Conference

The QAI will be hosting a viewing event for the Electronic Undergraduate Statistics Research Conference. The virtual conference will showcase presentations on statistics projects, panel discussions on graduate schools, careers and diversity in the field, and a keynote address by David Robinson, a Data Scientist from Stack Overflow. For more information on the event, please visit its official website

The QAI will be organizing a live viewing of the Electronic Conference, with details below:

Date: Friday, November 3rd, 1:30 pm- 4:00pm

Place: LWC-413

Full Schedule:

12:00 - 1:30 pm: Plenary Talks by USPROC Award Winners (Undergraduate Students)

1:30 - 2:15 pm: Keynote Address by David Robinson, Data Scientist, Stack Overflow

2:15 - 3:00 pm: Virtual Video Presentation Session

3:00 - 5:00 pm: Professional Development Panels

3:00 - 3:35 pm - Graduate School Panel

3:40 - 4:15 pm - Careers in Industry Panel

4:20 - 5:00 pm - Diversity in Statistics Panel


If you would like to individually register to view the event, please register here on the official site.



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Past Events at Wellesley

Math Department Colloquium

Professor Amy Wagaman of Amherst College will give a colloquium titled "Making Decisions with Data Relevant to You".

Date: Tuesday, October 3rd, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Place: SCI-396


Digital Scholarship Day

Please also join us for Digital Scholarship Day, a celebration of innovative technologies and methods used by the Wellesley College community.

Date: Tuesday, March 21st (Showcase: 3 - 4:15 pm, Demo: 4:15 - 5:30 pm)

Place: Pendleton Atrium


Mathematics Colloquium: Rating the Chess Rating System

Mark E. Glickman, Department of Statistics, Harvard University

Date: Tuesday, February 21st 

Abstract: The introduction of chess rating systems may have done more to popularize tournament chess than any other single factor. A chess rating is a numerical measure of a player's ability, and is obtained through the results of competition in tournaments. Chess rating systems are used for many purposes, including determining prize eligibility in tournaments, pairing players in a tournament, and predicting game results given two players' ratings. In the 1950s, Arpad Elo developed the theory of the rating system that still serves as the basis of the Chess Federation of Canada, U.S. Chess, and the World Chess Federation. In this talk, we describe Elo's rating algorithm, present features of the rating system, and examine its accuracy in predicting game outcomes. After identifying a particular deficiency in the Elo system, we demonstrate the development of an improvement that accounts for the reliability of ratings, and discuss its consequences on a rating system.



QR Connections Panel: QR & Humanities

QR department in collaboration with Professor Cassandra Pattanayak, Professor Octavio Gonzalez, Professor Helene BilisJoanna Milton '16, Katharine Liang '17

Date: Tuesday, March 7th



QR 260 Applied Data Analysis Final Project Poster Presentation

Students from QR260 presented their research and analysis, using concepts they have learned in class, on applicable topics of their choosing.

Date: Wednesday, December 7th 2016


"Bias and Beyond: The 2016 Election" Teach-In

The Teach-In is led by four faculty members, Cassandra Pattanayak, Eni Mustafaraj, Angela Bahns, and Nicholas Knouf. A full news article on the campus-wide event can be found here.

Date: Friday, November 18th 2016


Electronic Undergraduate Statistics Conference 2016

The 2016 Electronic Undergraduate Statistics Research Conference is the second annual e-conference on undergraduate statistics research. It includes plenary presentations by USPROC student award winners, virtual poster presentations by undergraduate statistics students, a keynote addresses by Rob Gould, a professional development panel on careers in statistics, and a virtual exhibit hall with graduate program representatives.

Date: Friday, October 21st 2016


Surveillance database design recommendations from a study of late-onset GBS

Guest Lecture in QR 309 with Kristen Hunter

1:30pm-2:40pm PNE 339 on Fri, Apr 29th

Statistical Data Analyst, Texas Legislative Council
Data Scientist, Software Engineer, Civitas Learning Inc.


Why Do People Border Cross? Conceiving Children Through Gametes and Their Importance in Families

Ruhlman Conference Short Talks Building Families 

Jamie Yang ’17, Mathematics

Advisor: Rosanna Hertz, Women’s and Gender Studies

9:30-10:40am SCI 256 on Wed, Apr 27th 


As many countries have restrictions on gamete donations and surrogate practices, border crossing for fertility treatments is rising. The poster will answer questions related to regulations and political attitudes by gender and citizenship: What are individuals’ reasons and politics behind border crossing and fertility treatments? Prior to and after conception, how do the Why Do People Border Cross?


A Quantitative Approach to 17th-Century French Theater

Ruhlman Conference Poster Session

Joanna G. Milton '16, Biological Sciences

Advisor: Cassandra W. Pattanayak, Quantitative Analysis Institute

Collaborators: Hélène E. Bilis, French; Jenifer J. Bartle, Digital Scholarship Initiative; Elizabeth M. Loxterkamp '18, French

1:30pm-2:40pm Science Center Focus Area on Wed, Apr 27th


What can a statistical lens reveal about 17th-century French plays vying for spots in the French canon? This collaborative project applies statistical and visualization tools to provide new insights about structure within and across plays. By quantifying patterns of speech, such as calculating the proportion of a play spoken by each character, we can categorize character types and visualize changes in character use across an author’s career. The frequency at which a specific character’s name is mentioned by other characters measures the importance of a character within the play, and we can compare this measure across plays for characters in similar roles. These and other quantitative summaries can provide insight into the reasons that some plays joined the literary canon and others did not, especially when rival playwrights used parallel plots. This project demonstrates the potential power of connections between humanistic and quantitative methods.


American Statistical Association (ASA) DataFest with BOW Collaboration (websiteflyer)

> Quantitative Analysis Institute, Fri to Sun, Apr 1-3, 2016


Casey Pattanayak (QAI) - Teaching Big Data in the Liberal Arts Context

Helene Bilis (French), Elizabeth Loxterkamp '18, and Joanna Milton '16 - Statistical Analysis of 17th Century French Drama

Kily Wong '16 (QAI) - Online Resources for Learning SQL, through the Quantitative Analysis Institute

Library and TechnologyDigital Scholarship Day (flyer), Tue, Mar 8, 2016


Telling Compelling Stories with Data (flyer)

Quantitative Reasoning, Tue, Mar 1, 2016


AALAC Big Data Conference (info)

> Quantitative Analysis Institute, Wed to Fri, Jan 13-15, 2015


QR260 Poster Session (flyer

> Quantitative Analysis Institute, Thu, Dec 3, 2015


Statistics and the Search for Causality (video)

Family and Friends Weekend, Faculty Lecture, Sat, Sep 26, 2015


Introduction to SPSS (info)

> Quantitative Analysis Institute, Workshop, Tue, Jun 23, 2015


Hands-on GIS Workshop (info)

Carolin FerwerdaLibrary and Technology, Workshop, Thu, Jun 18, 2015 

Introduction to Stata (info)

Carolin FerwerdaLibrary and TechnologyWorkshop, Tue, Jun 16, 2015 


Role of Hypothesis Testing in Empirical Work 

Discussion of BASP p-value ban and related ideas

> Social Science Faculty Seminar (SSFS), Mon, May 18, 2015 


Casey Pattanayak (QAI) - Quantitative Analysis Institute Wintersession course 

Megan Chen '17 (Guthman Intern) - Visualizing MOOC data

Carolin Ferwerda (LTS) - Blended labs in Econ 103

Tavi Gonzalez (English) - Statistical analysis-enabled distant reading of Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go

Library and TechnologyDigital Scholarship Day, Tue, Apr 14, 2015 (flyer)


Three Sides of the Same Coin: Teaching, Research, and Learning (info)

Xiao Li-Meng, Harvard University

Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center, Anna & Samuel Pinanski Lecture, Wed, Apr 8, 2015


Q&A Session with Xiao Li-Meng (info)

> Quantitative Analysis Institute, Q&A Session, Wed, Apr 8, 2015


R Workshop Pilot for Faculty

> Quantitative Analysis Institute, Faculty Workshop, Tues, Jun 24, 2014


Propensity Score Matching (info)

> Quantitative Analysis Institute, Discussion, Mon, May 19, 2014


Evaluating the Effect of Training on Wages in the Presence of Noncompliance, Nonemployment and Missing Data (info)

Donald B. Rubin, Harvard University

> Quantitative Analysis Institute, Lecture, Thu, Apr 17, 2014


What Difference Does a Lawyer Make? Randomized Evaluations of Legal Aid? (info)

Economic Student Association, Faculty Lunch Lecture, Thurs, Apr 17, 2014


Casey Pattanayak (QAI) - Causal Inference Framework

Diana Schron '14 - Causal Inference in a Partially Randomized Preference Trial with Small Samples

Sophie Sun '14 & Julia Chmyz '17 - Statistical Consulting at the QAI

Library and Technology, Digital Scholarship Day, Tue, Apr 15, 2014 (info


One Embryo or Two for In Vitro Fertilization? Assessing causation without randomization (info)

Math Department, Colloquium, Wed, Nov 6, 2013


A Potential Outcomes, and Typically More Powerful, Alternative to "Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel" 

Economics Department, Brown Bag Lunch Seminar, Thu, Oct 31, 2013


Quantitative Analysis in the Classroom: Statistics workshops targeted at your course (info)

Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center Talk, Mon, Oct 21, 2013