January 11, 2016

Meet Statistics summer scholar Christopher Nottingham

Chris NottinghamEvery summer, the Department of Statistics offers scholarships to a number of students so they can work with staff on real-world projects. Christopher, right, is working with Associate Professor David Scott on All Blacks-related data. Christopher explains:

“My project is aimed at predicting the career lengths of current and future All Blacks based on data from all of the past All Blacks. This project will be useful as it will aid the planning within the All Blacks camp.

“This coming year, I will be studying a research-based MSc in Statistics. My thesis is in the area of quantitative fisheries science and will involve translating ADMB code into STAN code.

“Statistics appeals to me because of its diversity. For example, one day you could be analysing fisheries data, and the next, data relating to the All Blacks.

“In my spare time I enjoying walks along the beach, sailing and cycling around the waterfront with my wife.”

 

 

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    Tyrrell Harris

    Hi David,
    In the Super Rugby prediction method how do you comment a 0.00 result? As a draw? Or must you always have a winner/loser? It seems you are on a hiding to nothing if you predict a draw as it looks like fewer than 2% of games end this way.

    2 years ago