Dr. Thomas Pollet has been awarded a NIAS-KNAW fellowship (www.nias.nl). From Sept 1st 2015 until July 1st 2016, he will be working on a project entitled Seeing the light through a forest of trees: A random forests approach to female fertility at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Wassenaar.
In this project Dr. Pollet will investigate which factors influence women’s decision to have a(nother) baby. To date, many approaches have tried to understand and model women’s fertility decisions and outcomes but with varying success. Dr. Pollet will employ a data mining approach relying on existing large databases, using machine learning to predict women’s reproductive decisions and outcomes.