ask theory, statistics, peter julian cayton

Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory  features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.

Episode 77: Kinokondisyon Nga Ba Ng Mga Survey Ang Isipan Ng Tao?

Dr. Peter Julian Cayton is an Associate Professor at the School of Statistics, University of the Philippines Diliman. He also pursues interdisciplinary work as a member of the UP Resilience Institute, which conducts cutting-edge research in Philippine disaster risk reduction and management. He engages in a range of applications in statistics on volcanology, climatology, resource management, and epidemiology.

We talked about how people can sometimes look at the same data but come up with different conclusions, using statistics in everyday situations, how statistics can predict winning lottery numbers and election results, situations in which we shouldn’t use statistics to make decisions, what the numbers are telling us about the future of COVID-19 in the Philippines, and more.

How to contact Dr. Peter:

  • Twitter: @pjacaytonphd
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Listen to Ask Theory Episode 77 here:

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