Popular Lectures In Mathematics

Department of Mathematics
I. I. T. Bombay

Name of the speaker : Prof. Bikas Kumar Sinha
Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
Title of the talk : " On Some Statistical Aspects of Agreement Among Measurements "
Day and Date : Thursday, March 13, 2008
Time : 3.00-4.00pm
Venue : Ramanujam Hall, Dept. Mathematics

Each talk in the Popular Lecture Series is meant to convey a basic ideas of a branch of mathematics to the general audience, without assuming any knowledge of the subject. All are welcome.


One of the important aspects of interest for researchers in scientific investigations may be to objectively examine the inter-observer variation in quantitative and/or qualitative studies. Similar interest may exist in examining the variation in a variable between two measurement techniques, the established one and the test one. As an attempt in this direction, scientists unknowingly may rely on inappropriate agreement analysis such as simple correlation/association analysis, instead of examining known limitations of such analysis in this regard.
This technical and, yet, popular talk is aimed at discussing methodologically appropriate techniques used in agreement analysis, with real data sets.

About the Speaker : Bikas K. Sinha, Professor at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and currently member, National Statistical Commission, Government of India, has made significant contributions in the area of sampling techniques and optimal experimental designs. He is an author/coauthor of four books and more than 100 major research papers which have appeared in leading statistical journals. He is also a former Editor of Sankhya and Calcutta Statistical Association Bulletin.