Kathryn Morrison

Kathryn Morrison

I co-founded Precision Analytics with Erika, also holding a PhD from McGill and am an accredited statistician. While overseeing our team of data scientists and software developers, I still love to have a role in hands-on programming and of course, anything Bayesian!

Jan 23, 2020

CSCDS Data Science Expo presentation

A talk about how to successfully transition from an undergraduate or graduate degree to a data science career

My co-founder Erika Braithwaite gave a brilliant talk at the Data Science Expo on Tuesday, January 21, hosted by the Centre for Social and Cultural Data Science (CSCDS). Her talk, entitled “But I’m not qualified to be a data scientist!” gave a great overview of how to successfully transition from an undergraduate or graduate degree to a data science career. Slides are available as a PDF below or on GitHub with all original R code.

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Sep 24, 2019

Update from our PODS intern, Camille

Exciting new beginnings for our former intern

We had the good fortune of hosting Camille Préel-Dumas from the Summer Program in Data Analysis from McGill for July and August of this year. She has now accepted an exciting full time position in New York city working as a policy analyst for MDRC . Although we are sad to see her go, we couldn’t be more proud of her accomplishments! You can read more about her internship on the PODS Blog .

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Dec 20, 2017

A gentle INLA tutorial

INLA is a nice (fast) alternative to MCMC for fitting Bayesian models

INLA is a nice (fast) alternative to MCMC for fitting Bayesian models. They each have some pros and cons, but while MCMC is a pretty intuitive method to learn and even implement yourself in simple scenarios, the INLA algorithms were a mathematical stretch for me. I think it’s better now, but when I was first learning INLA for my dissertation, there weren’t a ton of gentle introductions. I spent months during my PhD going over and over the proofs in the seminal INLA paper, trying to make sense of it all.

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Nov 13, 2017

Accreditation of statisticians in Canada

The benefits of receiving an accreditation as an associate statistician from the Statistical Society of Canada

Last month I received my accreditation as an associate statistician from the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC). The SSC is a professional organization that seeks to promote the use and development of statistics and probability1. They have many educational and training objectives, hold annual meetings including workshops (which I have attended in the past), sponsor local chapters and sections on application areas like biostatistics and actuarial science, and a lot more.

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