Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Mathematics

Senior Research Investigator



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Professor David Hand is Senior Research Investigator and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College, London, where he formerly held the Chair in Statistics. He is also Chief Scientific Advisor to Winton Capital Management. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, and has served (twice) as President of the Royal Statistical Society. He is a non-executive director of the UK Statistics Authority, and is Chair of the Board of the UK Administrative Data Research Network. He has published 300 scientific papers and 28 books, including Principles of Data Mining, Information Generation, Measurement Theory and Practice, The Improbability Principle, and The Wellbeing of Nations. In 2002 he was awarded the Guy Medal of the Royal Statistical Society, and in 2012 he and his research group won the Credit Collections and Risk Award for Contributions to the Credit Industry. He was awarded the George Box Medal in 2016. In 2013 he was made OBE for services to research and innovation.

David Hand's personal webpage can be found at

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Hand DJ, 2009, Measuring classifier performance: a coherent alternative to the area under the ROC curve, Machine Learning, Vol:77, ISSN:0885-6125, Pages:103-123

Hand DJ, 2006, Classifier technology and the illusion of progress, Statistical Science, Vol:21, ISSN:0883-4237, Pages:1-14

Provost F, Breiman L, Bolton RJ, et al., 2002, Statistical fraud detection: A review - Comments and rejoinders, Statistical Science, Vol:17, ISSN:0883-4237, Pages:249-255

Hand DJ, Blunt G, Kelly MG, et al., 2000, Data mining for fun and profit, Statistical Science, Vol:15, ISSN:0883-4237, Pages:111-126

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