Do Statisticians Have Superpowers

Over 2700 TY and LC Maths classes from 70 schools all over Ireland were logged on to the Maynooth University Maths Week talk delivered by Dr Rafael de Andrade Moral.

Rafael de Andrade Moral is an Assistant Professor of Statistics at Maynooth University since 2018, after completing a BSc in Biology and an MSc and PhD in Statistics at University of São Paulo, Brazil. He is very interested in applying mathematical and statistical tools to solve real-world problems linked to Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Science. He is also passionate about developing new ways to teach Statistics using music (see In his spare time, he loves playing with his animals, which include three German Shepherds and two mini-lop bunnies. In his talk, Rafael covered what Mathematics and Statistics are, and why it is a good idea to study these subjects. He also talked about Data Science and Machine Learning, and how we can use these tools to develop Artificial Intelligence. He included a couple of demonstrations to show how randomness affects our daily lives, and how probability theory can help us make sense of it.