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Hoopes Winners 2018

Two Hoopes Prizes for Undergraduate Senior Thesis Writers

June 11, 2018

Each year Harvard makes awards to the strongest the writers of Senior Theses. This year two Statistics concentrators were given this honor:

Loboda, Katherine for her submission entitled “From Mendel’s Peas to P-Values: A Network Approach to Understanding Complex Disease Heritability”—supervised and nominated by Professor John Quackenbush

Li, Catherine Yiwen for her submission entitled “Novel methods for cross-population prediction of gene expression”—supervised and nominated by Professor Alexander Gusev...

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Professor Samuel Kou to chair Harvard’s Statistics Department

Professor Samuel Kou to chair Harvard’s Statistics Department

May 4, 2018

Harvard’s Dean of Science, Professor Jeremy Bloxham, reported on 3rd May 2018 that “I am delighted to announce that Samuel Kou, Professor of Statistics, has agreed to become the next chair of Statistics, beginning July 1st, 2018. Samuel will bring to the chairmanship the thoughtful style and dedication for which he is so well regarded, and I have every confidence that the Department will continue to flourish under his leadership.”

Outgoing chair, Professor Neil Shephard, remarked: “Sam will be a wonderful chair. He leads by example, his brilliance in both research and...

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2018 Dempster Gong

Robin Gong Wins 2018 Dempster Prize

April 30, 2018

The Department of Statistics is pleased to announce the 2018 Dempster Prize will be awarded to Robin Gong. She will present her Colloquium entitled “Conditioning rules for sets of probabilities: dilation, sure loss and Simpson’s paradox” at 4.15 Monday 30th April, Science Center 705.

Previous winners of the Dempster Prize are: Espen Bernton & Xinran Lin in 2017; Anqi Zhao & David Jones in 2016; Panagiotis Toulis in 2015; Peng Ding in 2014; Bo Jiang in 2013; and Alexander Blocker in 2012. The Dempster Prize...

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Recent Faculty E-prints on arXiv

1. arXiv:1704.04858 [pdf, other]
A Nonparametric Bayesian Methodology for Regression Discontinuity Designs
Zach Branson, Maxime Rischard, Luke Bornn, Luke Miratrix

2. arXiv:1704.01190 [pdf, other]
Testing for arbitrary interference on experimentation platforms
3. arXiv:1702.07089 [pdf, other]
A Nonparametric Bayesian Approach to Copula Estimation
Shaoyang Ning, Neil Shephard
4. arXiv:1702.03578 [pdf, other]
Elements of estimation theory for causal effects in the presence of network interference
Daniel L. Sussman, Edoardo M. Airoldi
5. arXiv:1702.01777 [pdf, ps, other]
Optimal Scaling of the MALA algorithm with Irreversible Proposals for Gaussian targets
Michela Ottobre, Natesh S. Pillai, Konstantinos Spiliopoulos
6. arXiv:1701.06009 [pdf, other]
On the optimality of sliced inverse regression in high dimensions
Qian Lin, Xinran Li, Dongming Huang, Jun S. Liu

Recent Faculty Books

Mobile Health

ed. James Rehg, Susan Murphy, Santosh Kumar


Handbook of Statistical Methods and Analyses in Sports
ed. Jim Albert, Mark Glickman, Tim Swartz, Ruud Koning

Unobserved Components and Time Series Econometrics
ed. Siem Jan Koopman, Neil Shephard

Causal Inference for Statistics, Social, and Biomedical Sciences: An Introduction
Guido Imbens, Donald Rubin

Handbook of Mixed Membership Models and Their Applications
ed. Edo Airoldi, David Blei, Elena Erosheva, Stephen Fienberg

Introduction to Probability
Joseph Blitzstein, Jessica Hwang (Harvard Statistics AB/AM alumnus)

An Introduction to Quantitative Finance
Stephen Blyth

Strength in Numbers: The Rising of Academic Statistics Departments in the U.S
ed. Alan Agresti, Xiao-Li Meng

Designs for Clinical Trials
ed. David Harrington

Handbook of Markov Chain Monte Carlo
ed. Steve Brooks, Andrew Gelman, Galin Jones, Xiao-Li Meng