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I am Professor of Business Analytics, in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics at Monash University, a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, and the Editor of the Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics. My research is in data science, data visualisation, exploratory data analysis, data mining, high-dimensional methods and statistical computing. I love engaging in research, working with data, teaching, advising students and developing open source software.

Much of my work has been on developing interactive statistical graphics for high-dimensional data, and the implementation has been in these software packages: xgobi, ggobi, cranvas. The primary methods include tours, projection pursuit, manual controls for tours, pipelines for interactive graphics, a grammar of graphics for biological data, and visualizing boundaries in high-d classifiers. I have also experimented with visualizing data in virtual environments, and found that people do see clusters better in that environment than on a single computer screen.

My current work focuses on bridging the gap between statistical inference and exploratory graphics. We are doing experiments using Amazon's Mechanical Turk, and eye-tracking equipment. We have found that we can crowd-source people to read plots that can provide statistical significance on visual discoveries. Its very exciting work. We can also use the crowd-sourcing methods to rigorously test whether one data visualisation design is better than another for communicating information.

Some of the applications that I have worked on include backhoes, drug studies, mud crab growth, climate change, educational testing, gene expression analysis, butterfly populations in Yellowstone, stimulus funds spending, NRC rankings of graduate programs, technology boom and bust, election polls, soybean breeding, common crop population structures, insect gall to plant host interactions, bushfires, soccer and tennis statistics. I am currently looking at Melbourne's pedestrian sensor data. One of the things that I recently found is that boys do NOT universally do better than girls on average on the PISA math scores, and that a handful of countries including UAE, Jordan, Qatar, Thailand and Malaysia have a reverse gender gap - girls score better on average than boys. This finding appears to have been picked up and entered into wikpedia. However, girls universally score better than boys on average in reading.

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Research area keywords

  • data science
  • business analytics
  • exploratory data analysis
  • data visualisation
  • data mining
  • high-dimensional data
  • multivariate methods
  • statistical graphics
  • statistical computing

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Projects 2017 2019

RiskLab: RiskLab Projects - Econometrics

Hyndman, R., Cook, D. & Knight, K.


Project: Research

Visualisation of Multidimensional Physics Data

Valencia, G., Balazs, C., Cook, D., Buja, A. & Rosati, M.


Project: Research

Research Output 1993 2019

plyranges: a grammar of genomic data transformation

Lee, S., Cook, D. & Lawrence, M., 4 Jan 2019, In : Genome Biology. 20, 10 p., 4.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Revealing high-frequency trading provision of liquidity with visualization

Hirsch, M., Cook, D., Lajbcygier, P. & Hyndman, R., 2019, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Software Engineering and Information Management (ICSIM 2019). Budiardjo, E. K. & Sbihi, M. (eds.). 1st ed. New York NY USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 157-165 9 p. (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOtherpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Dynamical projections for the visualization of PDFSense data

Cook, D., Laa, U. & Valencia, G., 1 Sep 2018, In : European Physical Journal C. 78, 9, 18 p., 742.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Measuring lineup difficulty by matching distance metrics with subject choices in crowds-sourced data

Chowdhury, N. R., Cook, D., Hofmann, H. & Majumder, M., 2 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics. 27, 1, p. 132-145 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)

Congruent biogeographical disjunctions at a continent-wide scale: Quantifying and clarifying the role of biogeographic barriers in the Australian tropics

Edwards, R. D., Crisp, M. D., Cook, D. H. & Cook, L. G., 1 Apr 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 4, e0174812.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2008 2008

  • 1 Appointments or secondments to industry

University of Cambridge (External organisation)

Dianne Cook (Advisor)
7 Jan 200823 May 2008

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsAppointments or secondments to industry