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     February 24, 2000 Vol. 41 No. 3     
     Editor: Cheryl Bissett Winter 2000     


Peter Hoff has accepted the CSSS position that is 100% in Statistics, and he will be joining us next year as Assistant Professor of Statistics. Please welcome Peter to the University. We hope that that all CSSS faculty will take advantage of this opportunity to engage a gifted statistician intellectually. Peter's email is

CSSS has now made 3 offers on designated CSSS lines (Mark Handcock in Statistics and Sociology, Kevin Quinn in Political Science, and now Peter Hoff in Statistics), and all three have been accepted. Martina Morris's position in Sociology and Statistics will also be closely linked to the development of CSSS.

First Northwest Probability Seminar:

University of Washington
Saturday, March 4, 2000

The scientific program will consist of two talks. Both talks will take place in Smith 105.

Christian Borgs, Microsoft Theory Group
"Partition function zeros: A generalized Lee-Yang theorem."
1.30 A.M.

Xiaowen Zhou, University of British Columbia
"Sample path continuity of continuous-site stepping stone models."
3.30 A.M.

The gathering place for the participants will be the Mathematics Lounge on the first floor of Padelford Hall. It will be open starting 12:00 (the parking on UW campus is free after 12:00 on Saturdays). We expect to have some bagels. The lounge may be used during the break from 2.30-3.30 for informal discussions, refreshments, etc.

A dinner will follow the seminar. Since some participants live at a considerable distance from Seattle, we propose an early dinner, around 5:00.

UW campus maps and driving directions can be found at this Web site:

Please send questions ans suggestions to

Statistics Seminars:
Thursday, February 24, 2000
Tony Cai, Department of Statistics, Purdue University
"Analysis of Spectral Data via Wavelets and a Functional Linear Model."
Balmer 304 at 11.30 A.M.

Wednesday, February 25, 2000
(Joint with CSSS)
Jennifer Hill, Department of Statistics, Harvard University
"Classification by Opinion-Changing Behavior: A Mixture Model Approach."
Padelford C-301 at 3:30 P.M.

Monday, February 28, 2000
Robert E. Kass, Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University
"Curve Fitting and Neuron Firing Patterns."
Smith 205 at 3:30 P.M.

Wednesday, March 1, 2000
(Joint with CSSS)
Pedro Domingos, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
"Why Do Model Ensembles Work?"
Savery 209 at 12:30 P.M.

Thursday, March 2, 2000
(Joint with Computer Science)
Marina Meila, Department of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
"Efficient Unsupervised Learning in High Dimensions with Trees and Mixtures"
Sieg 134 at 3:30 P.M.

Out of Town:
Elizabeth Thompson
3/19-22, ENAR, Chicago
Werner Stuetzle
9/99 - 9/00, on sabbatical