Statistics & Biostatistics

The members of the Statistics Group are Benzion Boukai, Fang Li, Hanxiang Peng, Jyotirmoy Sarkar, Fei Tan, Honglang Wang and Wei Zheng. Their research covers a wide array of areas such as

  • Applied Probability
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Biostatistics
  • Design of Experiments
  • Empirical Likelihood
  • High Dimensional Statistical Inference
  • Longitudinal/Functional Data Analysis
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Reliability Theory
  • Sequential Analysis
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Time Series

The Statistics Group offers two Ph.D. degrees: a Ph.D. in Mathematics with specialization in Statistics, and a joint Ph.D. degree in Biostatistics with the Department of Biostatistics in the IU School of Public Health (see Appendix IV-2 for more details). It also offers an MS degree in Applied Statistics. In addition to the responsibilities of teaching, student advising and mentoring for all these Statistics programs, the Statistics Faculty also teach some of the courses in the Actuarial Sciences program of the Department. The Statistics Group has a seminar in which local and visiting researchers give expository talks on their current work. These talks are also attended by graduate students and faculty from other Departments within the University.

The Statistics Group also maintains an active Statistics Consulting Center (SCC). SCC provides consultation, collaboration, and educational outreach to all IUPUI researchers and other non-university clients including local governments to meet and exceed their need in statistics and biostatistics. SCC provides a synergistic environment for training up graduate students in the art of statistical consulting, for identifying research problems with high utility to applied investigators, and for finding practical examples for teaching and testing. Thus, the activities of SCC blend seamlessly with the mission of the department.