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David A. Selby

I am a PhD student in the Department of Statistics, University of Warwick, where I work under the supervision of Prof. David Firth. Previously I studied at the University of Edinburgh.

My research interests are in bibliometrics, using network theory and statistical modelling to measure the flow of influence in academic citation networks, as well as evaluation of research assessment.

Over summer 2016 I completed a two-month internship with the Alan Turing Institute in London, working on the Cloudy With a Chance of Pain project. Find out more in the articles "Big data and old wives’ tales" and "Cloudy with a chance of engagement". In summer–autumn 2018 I participated in a six-month internship at Google France, working as a quantitative analyst in the Advanced Measurement Technologies team.

Recent and upcoming talks


  • DA Selby (2017).
    Cloudy with a chance of engagement. Significance 14(2), 10–11. DOI: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2017.01013.x
  • KL Druce, J Mcbeth, SN Van Der Veer, DA Selby, B Vidgen, K Georgatzis, B Hellman, R Lakshminarayana, A Chowdhury, DM Schultz, C Sanders, JC Sergeant and WG Dixon (2017).
    Recruitment and ongoing engagement in a UK smartphone study examining the association between weather and pain. JMIR mHealth and uHealth 75(11), e168. DOI: 10.2196/mhealth.8162



  • APTS student representative, 2015–16
  • Alan Turing Institute intern, summer 2016
  • Young Researchers' Meeting committee, 2016–17
  • PhD representative to IT committee, 2016–17
  • Welfare and Communications committee, 2017–18
  • Honorary secretary of RSS West Midlands Local Group, 2016–18
  • Organiser, Warwick R User Group

David Selby

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Department of Statistics
University of Warwick

D dot Selby at Warwick

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