R. Todd Ogden

Columbia University

Functional Data as Predictors in Regression Models with Scalar Outcomes

One situation that arises in the field of functional data analysis is the use of imaging data or other very high dimensional data as predictors in regression models.  A motivating example involves using baseline images of a patient's brain to predict the patient's clinical outcome.  Interest lies both in making such patient-specific predictions and in understanding the relationship between the imaging data and the outcome.  Obtaining meaningful fits in such problems requires some type of dimension reduction but this must be done while taking into account the particular (spatial) structure o

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 3:30pm
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Richard De Veaux

Williams College, Williamstown

Modeling the Effect of Age in Sports Performance

The Dipsea is a 100 year old 8 mile running event that starts in Mill Valley CA and ends at the Pacific Ocean near Stinson Beach. What makes the event unique is its handicap system. Each age group for men and women receive a handicap time. For example, the slowest group, the AAA group, comprised of men 74 years old and older, boys 6 and under, women 66 and older, and girls 7 and under, receive a 25 minute handicap. But what makes the event unique is that each group starts ahead of the scratch group by that amount. So first to leave, at 8:30 AM, is the AAA group.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 3:30pm
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Kathryn Chaloner

University of Iowa

Bayesian Methods for Study Design and Statistical Analysis

Dr. Chaloner will speak at this year's UGA/Clemson Joint Seminar on Thursday April 17, 2014 at 3:45pm.  An RSVP is required to attend this lecture.


Bayesian methods for statistical analyses require a different interpretation of probability than traditional “frequentist” methods.  The use of Bayesian methods is increasingly common and its flexibility has facilitated a wide range of scientific advances, especially in medicine.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 3:30pm
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UGA Hotel and Conference Center

Andrew Brown

PhD Candidate, Statistics

Bayesian Multiple Testing Under Dependence with Application to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The analysis of functional neuroimaging data often involves the simultaneous testing for activation at thousands of voxels, leading to a massive multiple testing problem. This is true whether the data analyzed are time courses observed at each voxel or a collection of summary statistics such as statistical parametric maps (SPMs). It is known that classical multiplicity corrections become strongly conservative in the presence of a massive number of tests.

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 1:00pm
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Food Sciences Building, Room 131

Jung Ae Lee

PhD Candidate, Statistcs

Sample Integrity in High Dimensional Data

This dissertation consists of two parts for the topic of sample integrity in high dimensional data. The first part focuses on batch effect in gene expression data. Batch bias has been found in many microarray studies that involve multiple batches of samples. Currently available methods for batch effect removal are mainly based on gene-by-gene analysis. There has been relatively little development on multivariate approaches to batch adjustment, mainly because of the analytical difficulty that originates from the high dimensional nature of gene expression data.

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Dr. Jeongyoun Ahn
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Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 3:00pm
Poultry Science Building, Room 240

Eric Vance

Virginia Tech

LISA 2020: Creating A Network of Statistical Collaboration Laboratories
To celebrate the International Year of Statistics, and sponsored by a Google Research Award, LISA—The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis at Virginia Tech—is partnering with universities and individuals around the world to create a network of 20 new statistical collaboration laboratories in developing countries by 2020.

LISA and its partners will educate and train statisticians from developing countries to communicate and collaborate with non-statisticians and then support these statisticians to create statistical collaboration laboratories in their home countries to help researchers, government officials, local industries, and NGOs apply statistical thinking and data science to make better decisions through data.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 3:30pm
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Xiaotong Shen

University of Minnesota

Personalized Information Filtering

Personalized information filtering extracts the information specifically relevant to a user, based on the opinions of users who think alike or the content of the items that a specific user prefers.  In this talk, we discuss latent models to utilize additional user-specific and content-specific predictors, for personalized prediction.  In particular, we factorize a user-over-item preference matrix into a product of two matrices, each having the same rank as the original matrix.

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 3:30pm
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Yao Xie

Georgia Tech

High-Dimensional Change-Point Detection
Yao Xie joined Georgia Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering in August 2013. Prior to that, she worked as a Research Scientist at Duke University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, after receiving her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (minor in Mathematics) from Stanford University in 2011. She is interested in sequential statistical methods, statistical signal processing, big data analysis, compressed sensing, optimization, and has been involved in applications to wireless communications, sensor networks, medical and astronomical imaging.

How do we quickly detect small solar flares in a large video stream generated by NASA satellites? How do we improve detection by efficient representation of high-dimensional data that is time-varying? Besides astronomical imaging, high-dimensional change-point detection also arises in many other applications including computer network intrusion detection, sensor networks, medical imaging, and epidemiology.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 3:30pm
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Eric Kolaczyk

Boston University

Estimating Network Degree Distributions from Sampled Networks: An Inverse Problem

Networks are a popular tool for representing elements in a system and their interconnectedness. Many observed networks can be viewed as only samples of some true underlying network. Such is frequently the case, for example, in the monitoring and study of massive, online social networks. We study the problem of how to estimate the degree distribution -- an object of fundamental interest -- of a true underlying network from its sampled network. In particular, we show that this problem can be formulated as an inverse problem.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 3:30pm
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