Mark Glickman's World

Senior Lecturer on Statistics
Department of Statistics
Harvard University

Senior Statistician
Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research
Mark Glickman

What's New?

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  • I have been appointed the Director of Masters Program in Statistics at Harvard University. The program is open only for undergraduates wishing to finish their studies with a concurrent masters degree, as well as existing PhD students at Harvard.

  • Dick de Veaux and I recently recorded and produced a video song parody of "Yesterday" by the Beatles as a tribute (eulogy?) to the 2020 Joint Statistical Meetings taking place online due to the pandemic.

  • The paper "Automated Harmonization of Bass Lines from Bach Chorales: A Hybrid Approach" by my former student Gil Wassermann and me has been published in the Computer Music Journal.
  • Here are a few upcoming and past talks about my Beatles authorship attribution work:

    • A presentation at the Rice University Statistics Department Colloquium in Houston, TX. POSTPONED to March 29, 2021

    • A presentation for the Boston Chapter of the American Statistical Association, taking place April 7, 2020 at 7:00pm in the Harvard University Science Center, Lecture Hall D. POSTPONED

    • A presentation at the Reed College Mathematics Department colloquium series in Portland, OR. POSTPONED to April 22, 2021

    • Pi day at the Boston Museum of Science on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 12:30-1:00pm in Boston, MA. POSTPONED

    • A presentation at the University of Virginia Statistics Department colloquium Novermber 21, 2019, in Charlottesville, VA.

    • A presentation on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 5:30pm at Kensho Technologies, in Cambridge, MA.

    • A presentation at the Fall dinner of the New England Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges on October 4, 2019, in Waltham, MA.

    • A presentation at the PRIISM seminar at New York University in Kimball Hall on September 6, 2019, in New York, NY.
  • I have been appointed to the American Statistical Association's Task Force on Statistical Significance and Reproducibility. The group's charge is to develop thoughtful principles and practices the ASA can endorse and share with scientists and journal editors.

  • "Measuring Effects of Medication Adherence on Time-Varying Health Outcomes using Bayesian Dynamic Linear Models" by Luis Campos, me, and Kristen Hunter has been accepted for publication in Biostatistics.

  • The paper Bayesian analysis of longitudinal studies with treatment by indication by Reagan Mozer and me is now posted on
  • I co-organized the 2019 New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports, which took place on September 28, 2019. The conference received some early press.

  • The manuscript (A) Data in the Life: Authorship Attribution of Lennon-McCartney Songs by Mark Glickman, Jason Brown, and Ryan Song has been published in the inaugural issue of the peer-reviewed journal, the Harvard Data Science Review (HDSR). The print version (which will be a bundling of the first two online HDSR issues) will be ready in October. The journal graciously funded the development of several interactive demos that will be embedded within the online version on the HDSR site. The online version contains sound samples to illustrate the relevant musical concepts on which our analyses rely. The published paper reflects an improved model over that which was reported earlier in the media, and all details are included in the article. Thank you for your patience in waiting to read our manuscript. We appreciate the early feedback on our manuscript, and thank many of you (especially David Hoaglin) for noticing several typos.

    Several outlets have written public-facing stories about our publication. Some notable examples are pieces in the Financial Times and the Daily Mail. Recent interviews about this work include one appearing on radio. More links to come soon, including to radio and podcast interviews.

    Last year, various articles appeared in the news media about our work. A 6-minute segment was recorded for the CBC show The Early Edition that appeared on August 1, 2018, and a 6.5-minute segment appeared on August 9, 2018, on WGBH radio in Boston. And if you are not sick of hearing my voice, there is also my interview on Science Friday on August 10, 2018, and the Stats+Stories podcast from October 18, 2018.

  • I have been appointed a column editor (currently listed as Associate Editor) for the Harvard Data Science Review (click on "Associate Editors A-L").

  • I have been elected to the American Statistical Association's Board of Directors for a 3-year term, starting 2019, as Council of Sections Governing Board representative.

  • I am the founding head of our Sports Analytics Laboratory. The web site is now active.

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