Department of Statistics Theses

Thesis Titles 1983 - Present


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Scalable Methods for the Inference of Identity by Descent" Fiona Grimson Elizabeth Thompson
"Applications of Robust Statistical Methods in Quantitative Finance" Christopher Green R. Douglas Martin
"Scalable Manifold Learning and Related Topics" James McQueen Marina Meila
Topics in Graph Clustering Yali Wan Marina Meila


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Statistical Hurdle Models for Single Cell Gene Expression: Differential Expression and Graphical Modeling" Andrew Mcdavid Raphael Gottardo & Mathias Drton
"Space-Time Smoothing Models for Surveillance and Complex Survey Data" Laina Mercer Jon Wakefield
"Testing Independence in High Dimensions & Identifiability of Graphical Models" Dennis Leung Mathias Drton
"Likelihood-Based Inference for Partially Observed Multi-Type Markov Branching Processes" Jason Xu Vladimir Minin
"Bayesian Methods for Inferring Gene Regulatory Networks" Chad Young Adrian Raftery
"Finite Sampling Exponential Bounds" Evan Greene Jon Wellner
"Finite Population Inference for Causal Parameters" Wen Wei Loh Thomas Richardson
"Bayesian Methods for Inferring Gene Regulatory Networks" William Chad Young Adrian Raftery & Ka Yee Yeung
"Projection and Estimation of International Migration" Jonathan Azose Adrian Raftery


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Theory and Methods for Tensor Data" David Gerard Peter Hoff
"Discrete-Time Threshold Regression for Survival Data with Time-Dependent Covariates" Stefan Sharkansky Gary Chan
"Degeneracy, Duration, and Co-Evolution: Extending Exponential Random Graph Models (ERGM) for Social Network Analysis" Ke Li Martina Morris
"The Likelihood Pivot: Performing Inference with Confidence" James Harmon Peter Hoff
"Lord's Paradox and Targeted Interventions: The Case of Special Education" Roddy Theobald Dan Goldhaber & Thomas Richardson
"Bayesian Modeling of a High Resolution Housing Price Index" You \"Shirley\" Ren Emily Fox
"Phylogenetic Stochastic Mapping" Jan Irvahn
"Phylogenetic Stochastic Mapping" Jan Irvahn Vladimir Minin


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Monte Carlo Estimation of Identity by Descent in Populations" Chris Glazner Elizabeth Thompson
"Bayesian Spatial and Temporal Methods for Public Health Data" Theresa Smith Adrian Dobra & Jonathan Wakefield
"Functional Quantitative Genetics and the Missing Heritability Problem" Serge Sverdlov Elizabeth Thompson
"Predictive Modeling of Cholera Outbreaks in Bangladesh" Amanda Koepke Ira Longini & Vladimir Minin
"Gravimetric Anomaly Detection Using Compressed Sensing" Ryan Kappedal Marina Meila
"R-Squared Inference Under Non-Normal Error" Lei Xu Ross L. Prentice


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Bayesian Population Reconstruction: A Method for Estimating Age- and Sex-Specific Vital Rates and Population Counts with Uncertainty from Fragmentary Data" Mark Wheldon Adrian Raftery
"Estimating Population Size Using the Network Scale Up Method" Rachael Maltiel Adrian Raftery
"Bayesian Nonparametric Inference of Effective Population Size Trajectories from Genomic Data" Julia Palacios Vladimir Minin
"Modeling Heterogeneity Within and Between Matrices and Arrays" Bailey Fosdick Peter Hoff
"Shape-Constrained Inference for Concave-Transformed Densities and their Modes" Charles Doss Jon Wellner
"Statistical Inference Using Kronecker Structured Covariance" Alexander Volfovsky Peter Hoff
"Learning and Manifolds: Leveraging the Intrinsic Geometry" Dominique Perrault-Joncas Marina Meila
"An Algorithmic Framework for High Dimensional Regression with Dependent Variables" Hoyt Koepke Marina Meila


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Bayesian Modeling of Health Data in Space and Time" Cici Bauer Jon Wakefield
"Coordinate-Free Exponential Families on Contingency Tables" Anna Klimova Thomas Richardson & Tamas Rudas
"Bayesian Modeling For Multivariate Mixed Outcomes With Applications To Cognitive Testing Data" Jonathan Gruhl Elena Erosheva
"A Resampling Approach to Clustering with Confidence" Yuan Chiam Werner Stuetzle
"Feedforward Control and Process Improvement for Some Disturbance Models" Lihui Shi
"Tests for Differences between Least Squares and Robust Regression Parameter Estimates and Related To Pics" Tatiana Maravina R. Douglas Martin


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Seeing the trees through the forest; a competition model for growth and mortality" Hilary Lyons Peter Guttorp
"Bayesian Inference of Exponential-family Random Graph Models for Social Networks" Ranran Wang Mark Handcock
"Statistical Models for Estimating and Predicting HIV/AIDS Epidemics" Le Bao Adrian Raftery
"Parametrizations of Discrete Graphical Models" Robin Evans Thomas Richardson
"A Bayesian Surveillance System for Detecting Clusters of Non-Infectious Diseases" Albert Kim Jon Wakefield
"Statistical Approaches to Analyze Mass Spectrometry Data" Soyoung Ryu Vladimir Minin & David Goodlett
"Statistical Approaches to Analyze Mass Spectrometry Data Graduating Year" Soyoung Ryu Vladimir Minin & David Goodlett
"Modeling the Game of Soccer Using Potential Functions" Robert Branom Peter Guttorp
"On Left-Stochastic Decomposition Clustering" Amol Kapila Maya Gupta
"Joint Probabilistic Projection of Male and Female Life Expectancy" Nevena Lalic Adrian Raftery


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Convex analysis methods in shape constrained estimation." Arseni Seregin Jon Wellner
"Multivariate Geostatistics and Geostatistical Model Averaging" Will Kleiber Tilmann Gneiting & Adrian Raftery
"Covariance estimation in the Presence of Diverse Types of Data" Xiaoyue Niu Peter Hoff
"Portfolio Optimization with Tail Risk Measures and Non-Normal Returns" Minfeng Zhu Doug Martin
"Estimating social contact networks to improve epidemic simulation models" Gail Potter Mark Handcock
"Saturated Long-Chain Acyl-CoA Synthesis, A Novel Link Between TNFa and Saturated Fatty Acids in Endothelial Dysfunction" Xin Li
"Probabilistic Visibility Forecasting Using Bayesian Model Averaging" Richard Chmielecki Adrian Raftery


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Conditional tests for localizing trait genes" Yanming Di Elizabeth Thompson
"Probabilistic weather forecasting using Bayesian model averaging" J. McLean Sloughter Tilmann Gneiting & Adrian Raftery
"Statistical Analysis of Portfolio Risk and Performance Measures: the Influence Function Approach" Shengyu Zhang Doug Martin
"Factor Model Monte Carlo Methods for General Fund-of-Funds Portfolio Management" Yindeng Jiang Doug Martin
"Statistical Models for Social Network Data and Processes" Pavel Krivitsky Mark Handcock
"Models for Heterogeneity in Heterosexual Partnership Networks" Ryan Admiraal Mark Handcock
"A comparison of alternative methodologies for estimation of HIV incidence" Nicole Carnegie Martina Morris
"Bayesian Model Averaging and Multivariate Conditional Independence Structures" Alex Lenkoski Adrian Dobra
"Combining and Evaluating Probabilistic Forecasts" Roopesh Ranjan Tilmann Gneiting
"Survival Analysis of Internal-Censored Data with Application to the Time-to-Depletion of Connecting-Peptide in Type I Diabetes" Jung-Lim Shin Peter Guttorp
"Finding Optimal Sample Size Using Binomial Power Function Properties" Valeria Thompson Fritz Scholz


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Learning transcriptional regulatory networks from the integration of heterogeneous high-throughout data" Ahrim Youn Werner Stuetzle
"Extensions of Latent Class Transition Models with Application to Chronic Disability Survey Data" Toby White Elena Erosheva
"Statistical Solutions to Some Problems in Medical Imaging" Larissa Stanberry Tilmann Gneiting & Julian Besag
"Statistical methods for peptide and protein identification using mass spectrometry" Qunhua Li Matthew Stephens
"Inference from partially-observed network data" Krista Gile Mark Handcock
"Models and Inference of Transmission of DNA Methylation Patterns in Mammalian Somatic Cells" Qiuyan \"Audrey\" Fu Matthew Stephens
"Estimates and projections of the total fertility rate" Leontine Alkema Adrian Raftery
"Nonparametric estimation of multivariate monotone densities" Marios Pavlides Jon Wellner
"Nonparametric Estimation of Multivariate Monotone Densities" Marios Pavlides Jon Wellner


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Probabilistic weather forecasting with spatial dependence" Veronica Berrocal Adrian Raftery
"Wavelet variance analysis for time series and random fields" Debashis Mondal Donald Percival & Peter Guttorp
"Bayesian hierarchical curve registration" Donatello Telesca Lurdes Inoue
""Up-and-Down" and the Percentile-Finding Problem" Assaf Oron Peter Hoff
"Statistical Methodology for Longitudinal Social Network Data" Anton Westveld Peter Hoff
"Ricean Parameter Estimation Using Phase Information in Low SNR Environments" Andrew Morabito Don Percival


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Learning in Spectral Clustering" Susan Shortreed Marina Meila
"Algorithms for Estimating the Cluster Tree of a Density" Rebecca Nugent Werner Stuetzle
"Likelihood inference for population structure, using the coalescent" Arindam Roy Choudhury Elizabeth Thompson
"Exploring rates and patterns of variability in gene conversion and crossover in the human genome" Garrett Hellenthal Matthew Stephens
"Alleviating ecological bias in generalized linear models and optimal design with subsample data" Adam Glynn Mark Handcock & Jon Wakefield
"Nonparametric estimation for current status data with competing risks" Marloes Maathuis Piet Groeneboom & Jon Wellner
"Goodness-of-fit statistics based on phi-divergences" Leah Jager Jon Wellner
"An efficient and flexible model for patterns of population genetic variation" Paul Scheet Matthew Stephens
"Variable selection and other extensions of the mixture model clustering framework" Nema Dean Adrian Raftery
"On the performance of IT vendors in online service marketplaces: does a vendor's reputation matter?" Conglei Zhang Werner Stuetzle


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Alternative models for estimating genetic maps from pedigree data" Bill Stewart Elizabeth Thompson
"Allele-sharing methods for linkage detection using extended pedigrees" Saonli Basu Elizabeth Thompson
"Robust estimation of factor models in finance" Heiko Bailer Doug Martin
"Using the structure of d-connecting paths as a qualitative measure of the strength of dependence" Sanjay Chaudhuri Michael Perlman & Thomas Richardson
"Alternative estimators of wavelet variance" Eric Aldrich (M.S.) Donald Percival, Peter Guttorp, & Christopher Bretheron
"Investigating effects of the choice of latent variable distribution for the two parameter logistic response model" David Dailey (M.S.) Elena Erosheva & Thomas Richardson
"Bayesian robust analysis of gene expression microarray data" Raphael Gottardo Adrian Raftery
"Analysis of Haplotype Structure: Application to the DARC Gene Region" Ting-Yuan Liu (M.S.) Elizabeth Thompson


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Maximum likelihood estimation in Gaussian AMP chain graph models and Gaussian ancestral graph models" Mathias Drton Michael Perlman and Thomas Richardson
"Nonparametric estimation of a k-monotone density: A new asymptotic distribution theory" Fadoua Balabdaoui Jon Wellner
"Assessing the detrended fluctuation analysis method of estimating the Hurst coefficient" Nate Derby (M.S.) Tilmann Gneiting, Donald Percival, & Thomas Richardson
"Assessing the Detrended Fluctuation Analysis Method of Estimating the Hurst Coefficient Nathaniel Derby Tilmann Gneiting & Don Percival


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"The genetic structure of related recombinant lines" Amy Dawn Anderson Elizabeth Thompson
"Joint relationship inference from three or more individuals in the presence of genotyping error" Solveig Kara Sieberts Elizabeth Thompson
"Personal characteristics and covariate measurement error in disease risk estimation" Elizabeth Ann Sugar Ross Prentice & Ching-Yun Wang
"Model based and hybrid clustering of large datasets" Jeremy Mark Tantrum Alejandro Murua & Werner Stuetzle


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Applying graphical models to partially observed data-generating processes" Rebecca Ayesha Ali Thomas Richardson
"Mixture modeling of count data with excess zero-values: An application to Dungeness crab catch estimation" Jennifer Cahalan (M.S.) Peter Guttorp
"Generalized linear mixed models: development and comparison of different estimation methods" Kerrie Patricia Nelson Brian Leroux
"Practical importance sampling methods for finite mixture models and multiple imputation" Russell J. Steele Adrian Raftery


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Bayesian inference for deterministic simulation models for environmental assessment" Samantha Bates Adrian Raftery
"Hierarchical agglomerative clustering and linear mixed-effects models applied to small-scale dental clinical trials" Sally Marjorie Rodriguez Judy Zeh & Galen Shorack
"Modeling recessive lethals: An explanation for excess sharing in siblings" Solveig Kara Sieberts (M. Elizabeth Thompson
"Estimation with bivariate interval censored data" Shuguang Song Jon Wellner
"Latent models for cross-covariance" Jacob A. Wegelin Thomas Richardson & Paul Sampson


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Likelihood ratio inference in regular and non-regular problems" Moulinath Banerjee Jon Wellner
"Nonhomogeneous hidden Markov models for downscaling synoptic atmospheric patterns to precipitation amounts" Enrica Bellone Peter Guttorp & James P. Hughes
"A model selection approach to partially linear regression" Florentina Bunea Jon Wellner
"Wavelet-based estimation for trend contaminated long memory processes" Peter Craigmile Donald Percival & Peter Guttorp
"Global covariance modeling: A deformation approach to anisotropy" Barnali Das Peter Guttorp
"Likelihood inference for parameteric models of dispersal" Beatrix Jones Elizabeth Thompson
"Bayesian inference in hidden stochastic population processes" Daniela Golinelli Peter Guttorp
"Logic regression and statistical issues related to the protein folding problem" Ingo Ruczinski Charles Kooperberg & Michael LeBlanc
"Estimating the association between airborne particulate matter and elderly mortality in Seattle, Washington using Bayesian Model Averaging" Erin Sullivan (M.S.) Peter Guttorp & Tilmann Gneiting
"Detecting and extracting complex patterns from images and realizations of spatial point processes" Daniel Walsh Adrian Raftery


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Statistical approaches to distinct value estimation" Jake Brutlag (M.S.) Thomas Richardson & Werner Stuetzle
"Generalization of boosting algorithms and applications of Bayesian inference for massive datasets" Greg Ridgeway David Madigan & Thomas Richardson
"Bayesian inference for noninvertible deterministic simulation models, with application to bowhead whale assessment" David Poole Adrian Raftery
"Monte Carlo likelihood calculation for identity by descent data" Sharon Browning Elizabeth Thompson
"Fast automatic unsupervised image segmentation and curve detection in spatial point processes" Derek C. Stanford Adrian Raftery
"Semiparametric inference based on estimating equations in regressions models for two phase outcome dependent sampling" Nilanjan Chatterjee Norman Breslow & Jon Wellner
"Capture-recapture estimation of bowhead whale population size using photo-identification data" Cibele Queiroz da Silva Judy Zeh & David Madigan
"Lifetime and disease onset distributions from incomplete observations" Antonio Eduardo Gomes Jon Wellner


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Additive mixture models for multichannel image data" Kingshuk Roy Choudhury Finbarr O\'Sullivan
"Application of ridge regression for improved estimation of parameters in compartmental models" Angshuman Saha Finbarr O\'Sullivan
"Bayesian modeling of highly structured systems using Markov chain Monte Carlo" Simon D. Byers Julian Besag
"Assessing nonstationary time series using wavelets" Brandon J. Whitcher Peter Guttorp & Donald Percival
"Lattice conditional independence models for incomplete multivariate data and for seemingly unrelated regressions" Lang Wu Michael Perlman
"Estimation for counting processes with incomplete data" Ying Zhang Jon Wellner
"Regularization techniques for linear regression with a large set of carriers" Sylvain Sardy Werner Stuetzle
"Large sample theory for pseudo maximum likelihood estimates in semiparametric models" Hui-Lin Hu Jon Wellner


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"A new learning procedure in acyclic directed graphs" Daniela Golinelli. (M.S.) David Madigan
"Phylogenies via conditional independence modeling" Beatrix Jones. (M.S.) Elizabeth Thompson
"Bayesian model averaging in censored survival models" Christopher T. Volinsky Adrian Raftery
"Bayesian information retrieval" Michelle R. Keim David Madigan
"Statistical inference for partially observed markov population processes" Sandra Catlin Peter Guttorp
"Tools for the advancement of undergraduate statistics education" Andrew A. Schaffner David Madigan


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Variability estimation in linear inverse problems" Ranjan Maitra Finbarr O\'Sullivan
"Inference in a discrete parameter space" Ian S. Painter Elizabeth Thompson
"Bootstrapping functional m-estimators" Yihui Zhan Jon Wellner


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Estimation of heterogeneous space-time covariance" Wendy Meiring Peter Guttorp
"Semiparametric estimation of major gene and random environmental effects for age of onset" Hongzhe Li Elizabeth Thompson
"Statistical analysis of biological monitoring data: State-space models for species compositions" D. Dean Billheimer Peter Guttorp


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Spatial applications of Markov chain Monte Carlo for bayesian inference" David Higdon Julian Besag
"Accounting for model uncertainty in linear regression" Jennifer A. Hoeting David Madigan & Adrian Raftery
"Robust estimation in point processes" Renato M. Assuncao Peter Guttorp
"Multilevel modeling of discrete event history data using Markov chain Monte Carlo methods" Steven M. Lewis Adrian Raftery
"Estimation in regression models with interval censoring" Jian Huang Jon Wellner


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"A Bayesian framework and importance sampling methods for synthesizing multiple sources of evidence and uncertainty linked by a complex mechanistic model" Geof H. Givens Adrian Raftery
"State-space modeling of salmon migration and Monte Carlo Alternatives to the Kalman filter" Kenneth B. Newman Peter Guttorp
"The Poisson clumping heuristic and the survival of genome in small pedigrees" Heike Blossey Elizabeth Thompson
"Markov chain Monte Carlo estimates of probabilities on complex structures" Shili Lin Elizabeth Thompson
"A class of stochastic models for relating synoptic atmospheric patterns to local hydrologic phenomena" James P. Hughes Peter Guttorp


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Auxiliary and missing covariate problems in failure time regression analysis" Haibo Zhou Margaret Sullivan Pepe
"A high order hidden markov model" James Schimert Doug Martin
"Bayesian methods for the analysis of misclassified or incomplete multivariate discrete data" Jeremy C. York David Madigan
"A regularized contrast statistic for object boundary estimation: Implementation and statistical evaluation" Maijian Qian (M.S.) Finbarr O\'Sullivan


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"General-weights bootstrap of the empirical process" Jens T. Praestgaard Jon Wellner
"The weighted likelihood bootstrap and an algorithm for prepivoting" Michael A. Newton Adrian Raftery


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Modelling agricultural field trials in the presence of outliers and fertility jumps" Ross H. Taplin Adrian Raftery
"Modeling and bootstrapping for non-gaussian time series" Nhu Dinh Le Doug Martin & Adrian Raftery
"Genetic restoration on complex pedigrees" Nuala A. Sheehan Elizabeth Thompson
"Incorporating covariates into a beta-binomial model with applications to medicare policy: A Bayes/empirical Bayes approach" Michael J. Kahn Adrian Raftery
"Likelihood and exponential families" Charles J. Geyer Elizabeth Thompson


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"A diffusion model for within-species and between-species" Mark N. Grote (M.S.) Joseph Felsenstein
"Estimation of mixing and mixed distributions" Russell B. Millar Jon Wellner
"Classical inference in spatial statistics" Lars S. Andersen Antonio Possolo


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Exploratory methods for censored data" Robert C. Gentleman John Crowley
"Aspects of robust analysis in designed experiments" Patrick J. Burns Doug Martin
"Diagnostics for time series models" Andrew G. Bruce Doug Martin
"Constrained cluster analysis and image understanding" Jeff D. Banfield Adrian Raftery


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"The data viewer: A program for graphical data analysis" Catherine Hurley Andreas Buja
"Population size estimation for the western Arctic stock of bowhead whale: A Bayes/empirical Bayes approach" Philip Turet (M.S.) Judy Zeh & Adrian Raftery
"Additive principal components: A method for estimating additive constraints with small variance from multivariate data" Deborah J. Donnell Werner Stuetzle
"Kullback-Leibler estimation of probability measures with an application to clustering" Anne Sheehy Jon Wellner
"Time series models for continuous proportions" Gary K. Grunwald Peter Guttorp & Adrian Raftery


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Estimation for infinite variance autoregressive processes" Keith Knight Doug Martin
"A computer system for Monte Carlo experimentation" David A. Grier Richard Kronmal


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"Robust estimation for the errors-in-variables model" Ruben H. Zamar Doug Martin
"Robust statistics on compact metric spaces" Daijin Ko Peter Guttorp
"Weak convergence and a law of the iterated logarithm for processes indexed by points in a metric space" Mina E. Ossiander Ronald Pyke


Thesis title Student Supervisor
"The statistics of long memory processes" Donald B. Percival Doug Martin