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Ethan Meyers, Yale University Using statistical learning to understand how the brain processes information
In recent years, statistical learning methods have become critical for gaining business insights and making decisions at many companies. Yet despite this growth in industry, most researchers in scientific fields still use classical statistical methods to analyze the data they collect. In this talk, I will discuss how the statistical learning methods I have been developing can give a clearer picture of what information is in different brain regions and how the information is coded in neural activity, which is leading to a better understanding of how the brain enables complex behaviors. I will also discuss a data analysis platform I am developing that enables neuroscientists who have no coding experience to create reproducible data analyses, and more generally, how new perspectives from statistical learning and data science can help to greatly speed up the pace of discovery in the sciences.