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Suzanne Thornton

Suzanne (Suzy) Thornton

Department Overview

My name is Suzanne Thornton and I am assistant professor of Statistics at Swarthmore College. In the fall of 2019 I graduated from Rutgers University with a PhD in Statistics. Before that, I obtained a B.S. in both Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Florida.

My career goals are guided by my desire to learn, discover, and teach the often subtle (and complicated) ways data collection and analysis can be subjective. I believe the ethical practice of statistics and data science requires understanding these subjectivities and (especially when studying human subjects) requires that we actively train ourselves to recognize latent (or overt) biases such as racism, sexism, and transphobia. My statistical research thus far has been on computational inference methods that bridge frequentist and Bayesian paradigms. I am interested in further exploring this area and extending applications to complex sociological and psychological phenomena, especially those that pertain to underrepresented or otherwise marginalized human populations.

For a quick summary of my professional activities, here is my current CV.

John von Neumann

If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.

 

-John von Neumann

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