Friday, February 21
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m

The Ethical Statistician and Data Scientist

I had the honor of moderating a panel session on ethics at the 2019 Conference on Statistical Practice. This was an eye-opening experience. It reinforced for me that as statisticians and data scientists we must be intentional in our application of the Ethical Guidelines for Statistical Practice. Throughout our careers, we must confront issues such as company privileged information, biases in algorithms and models, data ownership, and more. Our analyses always start with data, so we will focus more on data ethics in this presentation. I will begin by offering my definition of data ethics and will then provide some real-world examples where ethical concerns arose. I will conclude the discussion by exploring case studies with you, which will help all of us think through some of the issues and prepare us to be ethical data scientists in the future.

Wendy Martinez is the director of the Mathematical Statistics Research Center at the Office of Survey Methods Research in the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. She will also serve as the 115th president of the American Statistical Association beginning on January 1, 2020.

Wendy Martinez
Wendy L. Martinez
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Key Dates


  • September 30, 2019
    Early Registration and Housing Opens
  • January 9, 2020
    Early Registration Deadline
  • January 10, 2020
    Regular Registration (increased fees apply)
  • January 30, 2020
    Housing Deadline Extended
  • February 20, 2020 – February 22, 2020
    CSP in Sacramento, CA
  • Program Participants

  • April 8, 2019 – May 9, 2019
    Short Course and Tutorial Proposal Submission
  • May 20, 2019 – June 20, 2019
    Concurrent Abstract Submission
  • July 16, 2019 – August 29, 2019
    Poster Abstract Submission
  • November 15, 2019
    Speaker Registration Deadline