Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Mathematics

Senior Research Investigator



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Professor David Hand is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College, London, where he formerly held the Chair in Statistics. 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 served as a non-executive director of the UK Statistics Authority for 8 years and on the EU's the European Statistical Advisory Committee. He currently chairs the National Statistician's Expert User Advisory Committee. He spent eight years as Chief Scientific Advisor to Winton Capital Management. He has published 300 scientific papers and 32 books, including Principles of Data MiningThe Wellbeing of NationsMeasurement Theory and Practice, and The Improbability Principle. His most recent books are Amy's Luck, Dark DataFrom GDP to Sustainable Wellbeing, and Measurement: A Very Short Introduction. 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, and the Research Medal of the International Federation of Classification Societies in 2019. In 2013 he was made OBE for services to research and innovation. In 2023 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Mathematics by the University of Waterloo.

The Improbability Principle website is

The Dark Data website is

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, D.J., Blunt, G., Kelly, M.G., et al., 2000, Data mining for fun and profit, Statistical Science, Vol:15, ISSN:0883-4237, Pages:111-131

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