Eric V. Slud Professor, Statistics Program Department of Mathematics University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742 

Research
Interests Info on Older RIT's Links OldTalks 
Office hours: M 11am and W 1:30pm, or by appointment (MWF only)
MiniCourse on CrossClassified Factor
Analysis
Lecture
(10/17/05) Mathematical Challenges in CrossClassified
Factor Analysis
Summary of interesting mathematical issues
related to PhD theses about Factor Analysis
by my former students
Yang Cheng(2004) and Sophie (HsiaoHui) Tsou (2005).
MiniCourse on Markov Chain Monte Carlo
(Statistical Simulation Techniques)
Spring '04: 4/21, 4/28
Slides can be found at links indicated under each
lecture, covering the following topics:
Lecture
1 (4/21/04) Metropolis Hastings Algorithm 
Motivation from AcceptReject
simulation methodology and from Markov
Chain theory. Extended example and issues
involved in the choice of `proposal
Markov chain' from which the MetropolisHastings
chain is built. Gibbs Sampler motivation.
Lecture
2 (4/28) Recap of Gibbs Sampler
motivation. Testing for Markov Chain Monte Carlo
convergence from the internal evidence
of the Gibbs Sampler trajectory. Statistical examples:
Bayesian statistical computation and
frequentist treatment of hierarchical statistical models.
MiniCourse on Statistics of Survival Data
(Fall '02: 11/6, 11/13, 11/20)
Slides can be found at links indicated under each
lecture below.
The lecture topics are as follows:
Lecture 1
(11/6/02) Survival Times, Death Hazards & Competing Risks
Lecture 2
(11/13) Population Cohorts and Martingales
Lecture 3
(11/20) Survivaldata likelihoods with InfiniteDimensional
Parameters
(1) Fall '05 RIT on
Statistics of Models with Growing Parameter Dimension
(2) Spring '04 RIT on MetaAnalysis. Click
here
for webpage.
Briefly,
metaanalysis concerns the simultaneous statistical analysis
of a number of
related studies or datasets within a single statistical model. The fact
that parameters are
shared across datasets (e.g. a treatmenteffectiveness parameter assumed
constant
across a number of separately conducted clinical studies of
the effectiveness of the same
treatment regimen for the same disease) allows the possiblity of increasing
sensitivity or
power of statistical tests. However, such an increase in precision comes
at the price of
simultaneous model assumptions whose compatibility with the data must be
validated.
This RIT was an outgrowth of the Fall '03 RIT on Large CrossClassified
Datasets
(see webpage linked below for details).
(3) Spring and Fall '03 RIT on Statistics of Large
CrossClassified Datasets:
see
RITF03
webpage .
(4) Intensive Seminar, Fall 2002. See
plan
for details.
In Fall 2002, I ran a
`research interaction' seminar including my own
graduate advisees
and others, on the mathematical & statistical
topics which more broadly correspond to
the overlap
of my students' thesis projects and most of my own current
research interests,
namely Statistics of Large CrossClassified Datasets.
Roughly speaking, these are
problems in which
there is a large samplesize n, but where the predictor variables
and/or
crossclassifications of the sample units become more complicated or
numerous
as n gets large. Such problems range from Semiparametric
Statistical Inference to
Orderselection problems
in regression and time series, to Classification
and Clustering
as in the Microarray
data problems mentioned below. These problems suggest the
need for a new
Asymptotics which explicitly recognizes the growth of the parameter
space of a probability
model as a function of the size n of the dataset.
(5) Intensive Seminar, Spring 2002.
See
plan
for details.
In Spring 2002,
following up on the Fall 2001 seminar described below, I ran an intensive
seminar on
statistical analysis of DNA Microrarrays, for students considering
research
in this
area. Dataanalysis figured prominently, performed by me and
also by two of the
several graduate students who participated.
(6) Genomics/Microarray
Seminar Fall 2001, AMSC 699:
Mathematical Topics in
Functional Genomics. Click
here
for the reading list.
Other Past Teaching and Seminars
(1)
Spring '04, introductory course Stat 470
on Actuarial Mathematics, taught primarily
(2)
Fall '03, Stat 798S, topics course on Survival
Analysis . For slides of my Stat Seminar
Talks on various topics are preserved in the directory OldTalks and briefly described and linked below:
(I) Census statistics,
specifically demographic modelling of nonresponse to national surveys, with particular application to Weighting Adjustment and Small Area Estimation (SAE).
Much of my smallarea estimation work has been directed toward the SAIPE (Small Area Income and Poverty Estimation ) program of the
Census Bureau. See for example a Small
Area Estimation modelcomparison study about SAIPE that I wrote. My methodological research in this area includes
smallarea and MSE estimation from survey data satisfying nonlinearly transformed FayHerriot models
or leftcensored FayHerriot models.
My Discussion of a
Review Paper of JNK Rao on Small Area Estimation mentions several
research directions in this problem area that are still highly relevant.
Some further work on internal evaluation of biases due to weighting
adjustment for nonresponse in a longitudinal survey (SIPP, Survey on
Income and Program Participation) is described in my
Nov. 2007 FCSM talk. A paper describing the contents of that talk more fully can be found here, and in a form that appeared in the Journal of
Official Statistics, here. Other recent work
on simultaneous nonresponseadjustment and calibration of weights in complex surveys can be found in
a Census SRD Technical Report.
Miscellaneous other projects related to Sample Survey design and estimation, with particular reference to Census
Bureau problems, have been the topics of presentations I have given over the past 15 years at Jojnt Statistical
Meetings. Many of these can be found in my Census
statistics webdirectory.
(II) Survival data analysis, which includes both semiparametric inference and clinical trial design issues. The semiparametric work emphasizes maximization of variants of nonparametric likelihoods, especially in Transformation and Frailty models. Further work on a general approach to efficient semiparametric estimation described in slides from a talk given in the IISA Conference, June 14, 2002. Other work relates to decisiontheoretic optimal earlystopping procedures and new designs in clinical trials.
For slides of a Stat Seminar I gave in Fall '03 at NIH on asymptotic theory of Semiparametric statistical procedures in
Transformation models, click here.
A 2014 paper I wrote with a student, Jiraphan Suntornchost, describes models arising in survival analysis, but also in
reliability and other fields, allowing development of flexible families of parametric
densities for survival times. For a Stat Seminar talk I gave on that research, see Seminar on parametric survival densities. A talk on Bivariate MarkerDegradation Processes in Reliability was based on the thesis of my
student Vasilis Sotiris' and presented at the Mathematical Methods in Reliability Conference in Beijing in 2011.
(III) Metaanalysis, in biostatistics.
(IV) Pharmaceutical Statistical Methods: with my student Meiyu Shen (of FDA, coadvised with Estelle RussekCohen also of FDA), I have worked on several aspects of the design of regulatory clinical trials.
(V) Largescale data problems with emphasis on crossclassified data, Principal Components (paper on representation of tongue surface during speech, appeared in the journal Phonetica), and clustering. More recently, I have had two students (Yang Cheng and Sophie Tsou) obtain PhD's working on Factor Analysis models. A talk I gave on this work in 2005 [and then again in the Diffusion Wavelet RIT in Fall 2007] can be found here.
(VI) Stochastic processes. Two examples are work emphasizing highdimensional Markov processes applied to equilibria in Economics (paper in Journal of Economic Theory,
for which 2nd pdf file in directory contains Figure); to Proteinfolding; and to ascertainment of number of distinct
DNA `species' from sequencing experiments.