Statistics and whisky

Those of you with an interest in applications of statistical methods might like to make space in your diary for the RSS Glasgow Local Group meeting on 17 December (room 203 in the Mathematics and Statistics Building of Glasgow University, from 1800). The speaker is Dr David Wishart of the University of St Andrews, and the synopsis runs as follows:

“David uses multivariate analysis to classify single malt whiskies on a profile of ten cardinal flavours. He will present a new flavour chart compiled for over 250 single malt whiskies by principal component analysis, and discuss his program Whisky Analyst used to classify new products. The talk will be illustrated by a tasting of malts that span the full flavour spectrum.”

Dr Kim Kavanagh, who passed on the news of this event, tells me that the event is open to all — though she has no idea how much whisky there will be to go round!


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