My name is Luke Benz and I am a first year Biostatistics PhD Student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I graduated from Yale University in 2019 with a BS in Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics and Data Science. While I do not yet know what my research at Harvard will entail, I have several diverse interests, including clinical trials, social networks, electronic health record (EHR) data, and cancer.
Before coming to Harvard, I was a senior data scientist at Medidata Solutions, Inc., where I most recently worked on models to select sites to use in clinical trials, and to forecast enrollment patterns and key milestones in those trials.
In my free time, I enjoy working on projects at the intersection of statistics and sports, and was president of the Yale Undergraduate Sports Analytics Group between 2017-2019. Many of my past projects have involved college basketball, and my
R package ncaahoopR is designed to facilitate easy access and analysis of college basketball play-by-play data. My most recent publication related to sports examines the change in home advantage in European soccer during the COVID-19 pandemic, when games were played without fans.
PhD Student, Biostatistics
BS, Applied Mathematics, 2019
An R package for working with NCAA Basketball Play-by-Play Data
A collection of links to various basketball related shiny apps.
A collection of sports research projects
A list of sports analytics projects completed while in the Yale Undergraduate Sports Analytics Group
A complete list of my “BY THE NUMBERS” sports column in the Yale Daily News.
Presentations from NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
A list of solutions to FiveThirtyEight Riddlers