Dr. James Abdey

Dr. James Abdey

Assistant Professorial Lecturer

University of London *

Professorial Lecturer

-James is an Assistant Professorial Lecturer in Statistics having gained his Ph.D. in 2010 from LSE, asking ‘To p, or not to p?’! He teaches the Department’s large service-level undergraduate courses in mathematical statistics and quantitative methods, as well as elective courses in market research. His research interests include market research techniques and forensic statistics – the interplay of statistics and the law. James has been closely involved with LSE’s Summer School and the University of London International Programmes for a number of years. Outside of academia, he has also worked on various quantitative-based consultancy projects in areas including the art market and the World Gold Council.

Seminar Title: How to Harness Data to Improve your Decision-making and Increase your Probability of Success

Abstract: Data interpretation has been central to many government decisions about implementing lockdowns and travel restrictions. The pandemic has demonstrated the importance of using data for decision-making, but also the need to be able to present and communicate data to a wide audience to help achieve “buy-in” from populations.

As such, statistical and data literacy are key skills which are likely to be in ever-greater demand in a post-Covid world. Educating future generations in the art of data visualization is an excellent starting point in this endeavour as students develop the ability to communicate a large amount of information to audiences efficiently. Bringing data to life in meaningful ways can identify important trends, patterns, relationships, and anomalies that facilitate successful strategies. It is also necessary to construct models to deep dive into the world of data analytics.

From forecasting to “understanding the causes of things”, we consider some of the essential ingredients for a valuable statistical toolbox in the post-Covid future.