Problem solving in mathematics and statistics is inspiring and enjoyable, but are achievements in mathematics and statistics any of use in the so-called real world?
Researchers in the Department of Statistics at Warwick are developing and utilizing modern statistics, mathematics and computing to solve practical problems. Here are some examples. Final year Undergraduate projects can be linked to these topics.
Further information on the wide range of research opportunities open to you as an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught student in the Department of Statistics can be found on at our Student Research Opportunities webpage.
More information about research in the Department of Statistics, both applied and theoretical, can be found at the departmental research pages.
Mathematics as bridge
The work of mathematicians and statisticians often turns out useful and essential, but typically in a less concrete manner than say the work of a scientists or a physician. David Hilbert, in his now historical address to scientists and physicians, put it this way:
"The instrument that mediates between theory and practice, between thought and observation, is mathematics; it builds the connecting bridge and makes it stronger and stronger. Thus it happens that our entire present-day culture, insofar as it rests on intellectual insight into and harnessing of nature, is founded on mathematics"
Probability and Statistics in the 21st century
Almost a century after Hilbert's words, the mathematical fundations of sciences and social sciences, and the evidence based approach in medicine are often being taken for granted. In the 21st century we are facing complex big data sets with unknown structures from manifold aspecs of the 'real world' as well as fascinating discourses about objective and subjective notions of risk and uncertainty.
Probability and statistics are mathematical disciplines for modelling and analysing theoretical and practical aspects of these burning questions.