Statistics Seminars

Statistician Sponsors Seminars

Clifton Bailey, affiliate faculty member in the Department of Statistics, believes students benefit from going to seminars and professional conferences because “they need exposure to new ideas.”

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R. Clifton Bailey Seminar Series

The Department of Statistics hosts weekly seminars on topics related to research and application in statistical sciences and data science. The seminars are typically offered in-person on Fridays from 11am until noon, unless otherwise noted. Seminars are also live-streamed via Zoom. Contact statistics@gmu.edu with any questions and for Zoom connection information.

If you plan to attend a seminar in-person, please follow Mason's COVID Safe Return to Campus policies.

Statistician R. Clifton Bailey of McLean, Virginia,
who has several decades of experience working on high-profile statistical
studies for the government, sponsors the weekly seminars.
Statistician R.
Clifton Bailey of McLean, Virginia, who has several decades of
experience working on high-profile statistical studies for the government,
sponsors the weekly seminars.

Upcoming Seminars

Fri May, 6

Association and Causation: Attributes and Effects of Judges in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Litigation Outcomes
Michael Sobel (Columbia University)

Time: 11am–noon; Streamed via Zoom: For connection details, please contact statistics@gmu.edu.

Past Seminars

Spring 2022

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)—"Addressing the Spectrum Crunch at the Federal Communications Commission"

Date: Fri April, 29
Speaker: Karla Hoffman
Affiliation: George Mason University

Least Squares Estimation of a Quasiconvex Regression Function

Date: Fri April, 22
Speaker: Rohit Patra
Affiliation: University of Florida

Spatiotemporal modeling of an estuarine decapod using Bayesian inference: environmental drivers of juvenile blue crab abundance

Date: Fri April, 15
Speaker: Grace Chiu
Affiliation: Virginia Institute of Marine Science

New measures for assessing non-ignorable selection bias in non-probability samples and low response rate probability samples

Date: Fri April, 8
Speaker: Brady T. West
Affiliation: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

“Geographer’s” perspectives on analyzing spatial data

Date: Fri April, 1
Speaker: David Wong
Affiliation: George Mason University

Equivariant machine learning, structured like classical physics

Date: Fri March, 25
Speaker: Soledad Villar
Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University

Pathfinder: Parallel quasi-Newton variational inference

Date: Fri March, 11
Speaker: Bob Carpenter
Affiliation: Flatiron Institute

Statistical hurdles and swamps in predicting future forests and winegrowing regions

Date: Fri March, 4
Speaker: Elizabeth Wolkovich
Affiliation: University of British Columbia

Improved Small Domain Estimation via Compromise Regression Weights

Date: Fri February, 25
Speaker: Thomas A. Louis
Affiliation: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Marginal and Conditional Sufficient Variable Screening for Ultrahigh Dimensional Data

Date: Fri February, 18
Speaker: Chenlu Ke
Affiliation: Virginia Commonwealth University

Let’s Talk About Data Ethics

Date: Fri February, 11
Speaker: Wendy Martinez
Affiliation: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Interview Talks

Date: Mon January, 24 - Thu February, 10

Fall 2021

Randomization Tests: The Forgotten Component of the Randomized Clinical Trial

Date: Fri December, 3
Speaker: William F. Rosenberger
Affiliation: George Mason University

Optimal Relevant Subset Designs

Date: Fri November, 19
Speaker: Adam Lane
Affiliation: University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Copula-Based Bivariate for Poisson Time Series Models

Date: Fri November, 5
Speaker: Norou Diawara
Affiliation: Old Dominion University

Accounting for Overdiagnosis in Estimating Components of Survival Time in Randomized Cancer Screening Trials

Date: Fri October, 29
Speaker: Karen Kafadar
Affiliation: University of Virginia

Tensor Quantile Regression for Neuroimage Study of Human Intelligence

Date: Fri October, 15
Speaker: Heping Zhang
Affiliation: Yale University School of Public Health

Learning from a large number of chi-squared tests

Date: Fri October, 1
Speaker: Inchi Hu
Affiliation: George Mason University

Real-time sufficient dimension reduction through principal least squares support vector machines

Date: Fri September, 24
Speaker: Yuexiao Dong
Affiliation: Temple University

Supervised Network Centrality Estimation and Prediction

Date: Fri September, 17
Speaker: Linda Zhao
Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania

Algorithmic Robustness in Classification

Date: Fri September, 3
Speaker: Jie Shen
Affiliation: Stevens Institute of Technology

Spring 2021

Fri April, 30

Optimal designs for testing the efficacy of heterogeneous experimental groups
Marco Novelli (University of Bologna)

Time: 11am–noon; Location: Zoom

Fri April, 23

Efficient Estimation of Semiparametric Transformation Model With Interval-Censored Data in Two-Phase Cohort Studies
Fei Gao (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)

Time: 11am–noon; Location: Zoom

Fri April, 16

Multi-Year Bayesian Hierarchical Framework to Smoothly Fill Missing Data Gaps in Mark-Resight Studies
Audrey Beliveau (University of Waterloo)

Time: 11am–noon; Location: Zoom

Fri April, 9

Gaining Outlier Resistance with Progressive Quantiles: Fast Algorithms and Theoretical Studies
Yiyuan She (Florida State University)

Time: 11am–noon; Location: Zoom

Fri April, 2

Penalized empirical likelihood inference for abundance from capture-recapture data
Pengfei Li (University of Waterloo)

Time: 11am–noon; Location: Zoom

Fri March, 26

Generating Poisson-Distributed Differentially Private Synthetic Data
Harrison Quick (Drexel University)

Time: 11am–noon; Location: Zoom

Fri March, 19

Statistics, Topology and Data Analysis
Vasileios Maroulas (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Time: 11am–noon; Location: Zoom

Fri March, 5

Bipartite Causal Inference with Interference: Estimating Health Impacts of Power Plant Regulations
Cory Zigler (University of Texas at Austin)

Time: 11am–noon; Location: Zoom

Fri February, 19

Dynamic Shrinkage Processes
David Matteson (Cornell University)

Time: 11am–noon; Location: Zoom

Fri February, 12

TBA
Aiyi Liu (National Institute of Health)

Time: 11am–noon; Location: Zoom

Fri February, 5

Simultaneous Curve Registration and Clustering of Digital Electrocardiogram
Wei (Peter) Yang (University of Pennsylvania)

Time: 11am–noon; Location: Zoom

Fall 2020

The shapes of an epidemic: using Functional Data Analysis to characterize COVID-19 in Italy

Date: Fri November, 20, 2020
Speaker: Marzia Cremona
Affiliation: Department of Operations and Decision Systems – Université Laval

Differentially Private Inference Via Noisy Optimization

Date: Fri November, 13, 2020
Speaker: Marco Avella Medina
Affiliation: Department of Statistics – Columbia University

Robust Estimation of SARS-CoV-2 Epidemic in US Counties

Date: Fri November, 6, 2020
Speaker: Mengyang Gu
Affiliation: Department of Statistics and Applied Probability – University of California Santa Barbara

Unlinked Monotone Regression

Date: Fri October, 30, 2020
Speaker: Charles Doss
Affiliation: School of Statistics – University of Minnesota

Communicating Science in the Modern Era of Distractions

Date: Fri October, 23, 2020
Speaker: Vince Tedjasaputra
Affiliation: AAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow – National Science Foundation

A Nearest-Neighbor Based Nonparametric Test for Viral Remodeling in Heterogeneous Single-Cell Data

Date: Fri October, 16, 2020
Speaker: Gourab Mukherhjee
Affiliation: Department of Data Sciences and Operations – University of Southern California

Joint Bayesian analysis of multiple response-types using the hierarchical generalized transformation model

Date: Fri October, 9, 2020
Speaker: Jonathan Bradley
Affiliation: Department of Statistics – Florida State University

Spring 2020

An Online Capstone Activity

Date: Fri April, 24, 2020
Speaker: Beth Chance
Affiliation: Department of Statistics ​- California Polytechnic State University

Drug discovery in neglected parasites: advances and limitations

Date: Fri March, 6, 2020
Speaker: Mostafa Zamanian
Affiliation: Department of Pathobiological Sciences – University of Wisconsin-Madison

Conditional Functional Graphical Models

Date: Fri February, 14, 2020
Speaker: Kuang Yao Lee
Affiliation: Department of Statistical Science - Temple University

Estimation and Inference Methods in Generalized Additive Models with Shape and Order Constraints

Date: Fri January, 31, 2020
Speaker: Mary Meyer
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - Colorado State University

Fall 2019

Defining and addressing dependent observation schemes in life history studies

Date: Fri November, 22, 2019
Speaker: Richard Cook
Affiliation: Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science - University of Waterloo

Robust Divergence Based Inference for Finite Mixture Regression

Date: Fri November, 15, 2019
Speaker: Lei Li
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - George Mason University

Uncertainty Quantification and Bayesian Model Calibration Applied to Stochastic Systems

Date: Fri November, 8, 2019
Speaker: David Higdon
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - Virginia Tech

An Optimal Semiparametric Method for Two-Group Classification

Date: Fri November, 1, 2019
Speaker: Seungchul Baek
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Statistics - University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Optimal EMG Placement for a Robotic Prosthesis Controller with Sequential Adaptive Functional Estimation (SAFE)

Date: Fri October, 25, 2019
Speaker: Jon Stallrich
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - North Carolina State University

Priors for Genotyping Polyploids

Date: Fri October, 18, 2019
Speaker: David Gerard
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Statistics - American University

Stochastic Functional Linear Models for Gene-based Association Analysis of Quantitative Traits in Longitudinal Studies

Date: Fri October, 11, 2019
Speaker: Ruzong Fan
Affiliation: Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Biomathematics - Georgetown University Medical Center

Nonlinear and additive principal component analysis for functional data

Date: Fri October, 4, 2019
Speaker: Jun Song
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Statistics - University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Limit theorems for out-of-sample extensions of spectral graph embeddings

Date: Fri September, 27, 2019
Speaker: Keith Levin
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - University of Michigan

Bias in Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials

Date: Fri September, 20, 2019
Speaker: Diane Uschner
Affiliation: Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics - George Washington University

Structured Shrinkage Priors

Date: Fri September, 13, 2019
Speaker: Maryclare Griffin
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Statistics - University of Massachusetts Amherst

Analyzing GPS data using density ranking

Date: Fri September, 6, 2019
Speaker: Yen-Chi Chen
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - University of Washington

Spring 2019

Object Oriented Data Analysis

Date: Fri May, 3, 2019
Speaker: J.S. Marron
Affiliation: Department of Statistics and Operations Research - University of North Carolina

Isolating Bias in Association Indices

Date: Fri April, 26, 2019
Speaker: Charles Weko
Affiliation: Headquarters, Department of the Army

Copula-based Semiparametric Method for Bivariate Data under General Interval Censoring

Date: Wed April, 24, 2019
Speaker: Ying Ding
Affiliation: Department of Biostatistics - University of Pittsburgh

On dual model-free variable selection with two groups of variables

Date: Fri April, 12, 2019
Speaker: Yuexiao Dong
Affiliation: Department of Statistical Science - Temple University

Multivariate Ranks and Quantiles using Optimal Transportation and Applications to Statistics

Date: Fri April, 5, 2019
Speaker: Bodhisattva Sen
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - Columbia University

A Predictive Time-to-Event Modeling Approach with Longitudinal Measurements and Missing Data

Date: Fri March, 29, 2019
Speaker: Cheng Yong Tang
Affiliation: Department of Statistical Science - Temple University

Feature extraction for multivariate and Hilbert-space valued data

Date: Fri March, 22, 2019
Speaker: Wolfgang Polonik
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - University of California at Davis

Sparse Sliced Inverse Regression Via Lasso

Date: Fri March, 8, 2019
Speaker: Zhigen Zhao
Affiliation: Department of Statistical Science - Temple University

Total Variation Smoothed Regression for Spatial and Temporal Data

Date: Fri March, 1, 2019
Speaker: Haochang Shou
Affiliation: Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics - University of Pennsylvania

Adaptive Bayesian Spectral Analysis of High-dimensional Nonstationary Time Series

Date: Fri February, 22, 2019
Speaker: Zeda Li
Affiliation: Department of Information Systems and Statistics - Baruch College, City University of New York

Confidence distribution and a likelihood-free approximate computing method with statistical guarantees

Date: Fri February, 15, 2019
Speaker: Min-ge Xie
Affiliation: Department of Statistics and Biostatistics - Rutgers University

Network analysis for Time Series data

Date: Fri February, 8, 2019
Speaker: Brandon Park
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - George Mason University

Multiple Breakpoint Detection: Mixing Documented and Undocumented Changepoints

Date: Fri February, 1, 2019
Speaker: Robert Lund
Affiliation: Department of Mathematical Sciences - Clemson University

Fall 2018

The Role of Statisticians in Developing Regulatory Policy at the Food and Drug Administration

Date: Fri December, 7, 2018
Speaker: John Scott
Affiliation: Division of Statistics - FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research

Sampling-Based Estimation of in-Degree Distribution in Directed Complex Networks

Date: Fri November, 30, 2018
Speaker: Vladas Pipiras
Affiliation: Department of Statistics and Operations - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dependency Discovery via Multiscale Graph Correlation

Date: Fri November, 16, 2018
Speaker: Cencheng Shen
Affiliation: Department of Applied Economics and Statistics - University of Delaware

Empirical Frequency Band Analysis of Nonstationary Time Series

Date: Fri November, 9, 2018
Speaker: Robert Krafty
Affiliation: Department of Biostatistics - University of Pittsburgh

Limiting distributions of Polya and Ehrenfest Processes

Date: Fri November, 2, 2018
Speaker: Srinivasan Balaji
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - George Washington University

Instrumental Variable Estimation of Mann--Whitney Causal Effect in Randomized Trials With Non-Compliance

Date: Fri October, 26, 2018
Speaker: Lu Mao
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Intensive Longitudinal Data: What is it? Where are we now? What happens next?

Date: Fri October, 19, 2018
Speaker: Trent L. Lalonde
Affiliation: Department of Applied Statistics and Research Methods - University of Northern Colorado

Modeling of Multivariate Time Series of Counts: A Bayesian Perspective

Date: Fri October, 12, 2018
Speaker: Refik Soyer
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - George Washington University

Finite Sample Simulation Based Switched Z-estimation (SwiZs) and inference

Date: Fri October, 5, 2018
Speaker: Maria-Pia Victoria-Feser
Affiliation: Geneva School of Economics and Management - Universite De Geneve

Semi-Low-Dimensional Inference With High-Dimensional Data

Date: Fri September, 28, 2018
Speaker: Cun-Hui Zhang
Affiliation: Department of Statistics and Biostatistics - Rutgers University

Prediction-runtime efficient modeling and optimization

Date: Fri September, 21, 2018
Speaker: Liang Zhao
Affiliation: Department of Information Science and Technology - George Mason University

A Spectral-Based Kolmogorov-Smirnov Method for Detecting the Information Loss of Temporal Aggregation

Date: Fri September, 14, 2018
Speaker: Bu Hyoung Lee
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Statistics - Loyola University Maryland

Parsimony inducing priors for large scale state-space models

Date: Fri September, 7, 2018
Speaker: Hedibert F. Lopes
Affiliation: INSPER

Spring 2018

A pooling strategy to effectively use genotype data in quantitative traits genome-wide association studies

Date: Fri May, 4, 2018
Speaker: Wei Zhang
Affiliation: National Institutes of Health

Power Analysis of Longitudinal Data with Time-Dependent Covariates Using Marginal Models: Application to Osteoarthritis Initiative Data

Date: Fri April, 27, 2018
Speaker: Niloofar Ramezani
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - George Mason University

Outlier Statistics for Molecular Studies in Cancer

Date: Fri April, 20, 2018
Speaker: Michael Ochs
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Statistics - The College of New Jersey

Network Representation Using Graph Root Distributions

Date: Fri April, 13, 2018
Speaker: Jing Lei
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - Carnegie Mellon University

Stein Discrepancy Methods for Robust Estimation and Regression

Date: Fri April, 6, 2018
Speaker: Emre Barut
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - George Washington University

Empirical likelihood for the bivariate survival function under univariate censoring

Date: Fri March, 30, 2018
Speaker: Yichuan Zhao
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Statistics - Georgia State University

Density estimation in infinite dimensional exponential families

Date: Fri March, 23, 2018
Speaker: Bharath Sriperumbudur
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - Penn State University

Visual display and analysis of geo-referenced cancer data made easy with new R packages

Date: Fri March, 9, 2018
Speaker: Linda Williams Pickle
Affiliation: StatNet Consulting

Limiting distributions of Polya and Ehrenfest Processes

Date: Fri March, 2, 2018
Speaker: Srinivasan Balaji
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - George Washington University

Revisiting Group Testing Procedures

Date: Fri February, 23, 2018
Speaker: Yaakov Malinovsky
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Statistics - University of Maryland

Transportation Without Representation Is Travesty

Date: Fri February, 16, 2018
Speaker: Thomas A. Louis
Affiliation: Department of Biostatistics Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Randomization: The Forgotten Component of the Randomized Clinical Trial: A Reprise of the 15th Armitage Lecture, University of Cambridge

Date: Fri February, 2, 2018
Speaker: William Rosenberger
Affiliation: Department of Statistics - George Mason University