Seminar: Some Aspects in the Analysis of Symbolic Data

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Venue: RC-4082, The Red Centre, UNSW
A few weeks ago, the Statistical Society hosted a talk by Professor Paula Brito on the topic of Symbolic Data Analysis. On Wednesday May 18th, we will host another talk, this time by Professor Lynne Billard who is one of the foundational contributors to this field. Originally from Australia, Professor Billard has spend much of her career at the University of Georgia in the United States (, where she remains today as a University Professor. Professor Billard is widely known for her statistics research, her leadership and advocacy for women in science. She will be visiting Sydney to participate in a UNSW sponsored event ( encourage more girls to pursue careers in the mathematical sciences. 

Date:  Wednesday, 18 May 2016

6:00pm – 6:30pm: Refreshments
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Lecture
7:45pm onwards: Dinner (at a nearby restaurant)

Venue:RC-4082, The Red Centre, UNSW


Professor Lynne Billard

University Professor, Department of Statistics,
University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, United States

Some Aspects in the Analysis of Symbolic Data

Unlike classical data which are points in p-dimensional space, symbolic data are hypercubes or Cartesian products of distributions in p-dimensional space. For example, the observations could be interval-valued. While some symbolic data sets arise naturally, many more emerge today after aggregation of larger data sets. Applications abound. We look at some aspects unique to symbolic data that require special attention in any subsequent analysis. Then, we outline approaches involved in principal component analysis of interval data, and clustering for distributional data.

Biography of Professor Lynne Billard

Lynne Billard is a professor at the University of Georgia, renowned for her statistics research, leadership, and advocacy for women in science.

She has served as president of the American Statistical Association, and the International Biometric Association – one of very few people to have led both organisations.

She received First Class Honours in Statistics at UNSW in 1966, and earned her PhD at UNSW in 1969.

Among many accolades received throughout her career, she has been awarded an American Statistical Association 2003 Founders Award, the 2011 Janet L. Norwood Award, and the COPSS 2013 F.N. David Award.


When: 18/05/2016
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: Free

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