Statistics evening (Temakveld) November 15th

posted Oct 11, 2018, 12:37 AM by Norsk Statistisk Forening   [ updated Oct 11, 2018, 4:33 AM ]

The Oslo section of the Norwegian Statistical Association (Norsk Statistisk Forening) invites you all to a Statistics evening (temakveld) with an intriguing presentation by Thore Egeland, Professor in Statistics, NMBU (Norwegian University of Life Sciences) on how statistical forensics was used to find the Golden State Killer – and perhaps equally important – free sushi, pizza, beverages and social gathering with your fellow statisticians.

Title: How Genealogy lost its innocence

Abstract: In April this year the police arrested Joseph DeAngelo as a suspect in the case of the Golden State Killer, a serial murder and rapist whose case has been open for over 40 years. DeAngelo was found by searching the open genealogical database GEDMatch. A person estimated to be the third cousin of DeAngelo was on the database and this information was used to find the suspect. Importantly, similar 'familial search' strategies can be used for other applications like finding parents of adopted children. These applications motivate a number of statistical research problems addressed in the talk (and also more worrying issues not discussed).

The talk will be in English.

Food and beverages will be served from 17.00. The presentation will start around 17.15, and we will finish off around 18.30.

When: Thursday November 15th, at 17.00

Where: Norsk Regnesentral Gaustadalleen 23a, room Alfa Omega.
Registration: Fill the form this form 
as soon as possible and no later than Tuesday November 13th, at 23.59 .

We hope to see many of you there!