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Fisher Statisticians Find Measure of Success at Conference

April 30, 2018

St. John Fisher College faculty and students delivered eight presentations during the 7th Annual UPSTAT Conference, held for the Western New York sections of the American Statistical Association in late April.

From L-R: Evan Blaine, Kathleen Donovan, Anne Geraci, Barney Ricca

Held at the University of Rochester, the conference included keynote and tutorial presentations, and 20 paper sessions, including work by members of the Fisher community.

Jennie Lentine, a senior statistics major, presented work from her capstone project, “Detecting phase transitions in small group conversations through entropy methods” in a session, Methods for Detecting Change-Points and Phase Transitions.

Rob Weber, a sophomore statistics major, organized a session, New Perspectives on Sport Analytics, which included papers by Weber (“Reconsidering wins above replacement as a metric”), senior statistics and math major Kaylee Gassner (“Are they worth it?”), and junior statistics major Eddy Tabone (“Optimal empirical game plan for box lacrosse”).

Dr. Evan Blaine organized a symposium, Undergraduate, Meet Data Science: Notes from the Field on a Data Science Minor, which featured several Fisher faculty. Professor Anne Geraci and Dr. Kathleen Donovan presented, “Introducing data science: statistics, computing, and more,” Blaine presented, “Programmatic issues in an undergraduate data science minor,” and Dr. Barney Ricca presented, “Tying it all together.”

Ricca and Blaine also delivered a talk on a current research project, “Investigations of a nonparametric effect size statistics for studies with two independent samples” in the session Quantifying Treatment Effects in Clinical Studies.

Fisher statisticians earned several recognitions at the awards ceremony. Ricca received the Faculty Mentor Award and Weber received a Student Leadership Award for the session that he organized. Tabone's paper received an Honorable Mention for Student Scholarship (Computation and Application) and Lentine received a Silver Medal for Student Scholarship (Theory and Method).