COSAM News Articles 2020 July Zoom session on July 21, 2020, includes statistical examination of the coronavirus.

Zoom session on July 21, 2020, includes statistical examination of the coronavirus.

Published: 07/28/2020

On Tuesday, July 21, a Zoom Q&A was held.

The Q&A session included research from a project examining the statistical examination of the coronavirus. The students worked on COVID-19 data as their final project in the course STAT 6650—Statistical Learning, taught by Assistant Professor Jingyi Zheng, a recent addition to data science faculty in Department of Mathematics & Statistics (DMS). The students with backgrounds ranging from computational mathematics to statistics comprised the team for this project, which examined the countries most impacted by the global pandemic and analyzed numbers at the state level as well. (Download PDF slide presentation of the Q&A session.)

Under Zheng’s guidance, they used the data science techniques they learned in class, as well as knowledge from their various academic backgrounds, to provide useful inference for this real-world problem. This project resulted in an article titled “A Data-driven Approach for Assessing the Impact of Re-opening Order and Non-pharmaceutical Interventions on the Spread of COVID-19 using Time-dependent SEIR Model,” and the article has been accepted for presentation at the highly competitive International Workshop on Data Mining in Bioinformatics. (Download PDF slide presentation of the paper.)
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