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[Lushan Lecture Hall] Wu Xizhi, the Professor of Renmin University of China Made a Speech Titled by “Learn the World--From Statistics to Machine Learning”

2018-05-16 16:54:47

The 70th speech of Lushan Lecture Hall titled by “Learn the World--From Statistics to Machine Learning” was made by Wu Xizhi, the professor of Renmin University of China in F201 in the morning of Mar. 30. Xie Xiaoliang, a professor of our Mathematics and Statistics College presided over the speech.

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Graduated from Mathematics and Mechanics Dept. of Peking University and University of North Carolina as PhD in Statistics, Wu Xhizhi is a teacher in Statistics College of Renmin University ofChina. Moreover, he served as a assessor in Department of Mathematics and Physics of Natural Science Foundation of China, presided over 7 longitudinal scientific research projects, released many papers in four top journals JRSSB (Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B and journal of the Royal Statistical Society) in statistics and published more than twenty books and teaching materials at home and abroad.

Starting from “How do People Know the World” and the edibility of mushroom, Professor Wu pointed out that life was a repeated process with “learning-modeling-learning-remodeling” and proved the superiority of mechanical learning in the multiple decision-making trees in the random forest by examples. In his opinions, teachers should take the inducing-mode teaching, give up spoon-feeding education to enhance the rapid self-learning and independent thinking ability of students, respect and encourage the divergent thinking of students. Finally, he discussed the following problem with students deeply, namely, whether statistics is data science and presented his expectations on the basis of the statistics development situation.

As a result, this speech expands the academic research thinking of our teachers and students and has practical guidance significance on the development of strong academic environment in our school. (Written by Zhang Xin, photographed by Nie Yuting) 

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