Benjamin Recht, University of California, Berkeley

Statistics When n Equals 1
Jan 30, 2024, 4:30 pm5:30 pm


Event Description


From large trials of treatments and diseases, 21st-century medicine embraces inferences about people from studies of populations. But such population inferences tell us little about what to do with any particular person. In this talk, I will first describe some of the drawbacks of applying population statistics to decision-making about individuals. As an alternative, I will outline how we might design treatments and interventions to help those individuals directly. I will present a series of parallel projects that link ideas from systems, optimization, control, and experiment design to draw inferences and inform such individualized decision making.


Benjamin Recht is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. His research has focused on applying mathematical optimization and statistics to problems in data analysis and machine learning. He is currently studying histories, methods, and theories of scientific validity and experimental design.

Event Category
Distinguished Lecture Series