Statistics evening (Temakveld) November 15th

Post date: 11.okt.2018 07:37:06

The Oslo department of the Norwegian Statistical Assoication (Norsk Statistisk Forening, avdeling Oslo) invites you all to a Statistics evening (temakveld) with an intriguing presentation by Thore Egeland about 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.

The talk will be in English.

Food and beverages will be served from 17.00. The presentation will start around 17.15.

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 .


Title: How Genealogy lost its innocence

Presenter: Thore Egeland, Professor in Statistics, NMBU (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

Abstract: In April this year the police arrested Joseph De Angelo 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. De Angelo 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.

We hope to see many of you there!