Extracting knowledge from data.
Innovative and ground-breaking research is increasingly dependent on the collection, manipulation, and analysis of data. IDRE’s focus on statistical computing and data informatics acknowledges a campuswide need to respond to the opportunities and challenges associated with research data.
As technology advances, new types of data and massive data sets – from Twitter feeds to detailed imaging – allow researchers to investigate novel research hypotheses, but require new statistical methodologies for their analysis. This combination of complex data models and computationally intensive algorithms often requires more computing power than most desktop systems can offer. UCLA researchers are also enjoying their new-found freedom to combine data from a variety of sources into a single data set, allowing for a new type of creativity in research that is inspiring seasoned and new researchers alike.