Dr. Olivia Lau

Dr. Oliva C. Lau Dr. Olivia C. Lauis a self-described R ninja with over 10 years of experience with applied statistics and statistical software development in R. Throughout her varied work experience in regulatory drug development, Silicon Valley high tech, and the federal sector, she has focused on client-centric problem-solving. Dr. Lau communicates results to varied audiences by framing insights and predictive analytics in the context of long-term organizational and business strategy.


A.B., Economics; History (with high honors) Stanford University

A.M., Statistics, Harvard University

Ph.D., Political Science (concentration in statistical methods), Harvard University

Areas of Expertise:

Causal inference

Experimental design

Machine learning

Predictive modeling

Survey experiments

Statistical computing

Statistical software development


Jonathan Wand, Gary King, and Olivia Lau, Anchors: Software for Anchoring Vignette Data. Journal of Statistical Software, June 2011

Kosuke Imai, Gary King, and Olivia Lau, Toward a Common Framework for Statistical Analysis and Development, Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, December 2008 (Available as Zelig on CRAN.) 

Jonathan Wand, Gary King, and Olivia Lau. eiPack: RxC Ecological Inference and Higher Dimension Data Management, R News, October 2007

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Dr. Olivia Lau

R Programming - Advanced
R Programming - Intermediate

Instructor at Statistics.com since July 2012


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