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Stochastic Modeling and Computational Statistics

Fall 2021

SMAC talks are held each Friday during fall and spring semesters from 10:10 AM to 11:00 AM in 327 Thomas Building and on Zoom. Talks last 40 minutes, with time for clarification questions. The last 10 minutes are for open-ended discussion.

The general guidelines for each talk: 

  1. 40 minutes for each talk + 10 minutes for discussion.
  2. The talk should be accessible to all grad students who have completed 1 year of the program.
  3. Informal style. For instance, chalk and blackboard talks are welcome.
  4. Interruptions during the talk are welcome but they should only be for clarifications; longer questions are to be left to the discussion period.
  5. Unpublished work may not be shared or discussed outside the group without the permission of the speaker/author.
  6. While a large proportion of the talks may be related to stochastic modeling and computing, a much broader list of topics have also been discussed in this series.




August 27 Paul Markowski How predictable are tornadoes?
September 3 Qi Zhang Dimension Reduction and Data Visualization for Fréchet Regression
September 10 Roopali Singh Reference-free Deconvolution of Spatial Transcriptomics Data
September 17 Jeremy Seeman Exact Privacy Guarantees for Markov Chain Implementations of the Exponential Mechanism
September 24 Ian Laga A Correlated Network Scale-up Model: Finding the Connection Between Subpopulations
October 1 Stephen Berg Variance reduction for Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling
October 8 Jacopo Di Iorio H-score based functional motifs discovery algorithms
October 15 Sakshi Arya Applications of Adaptive Estimation in Nonparametric Regression
October 22 Nicole Lazar The End of Statistical Significance?
October 29 David Hunter Asymptotics for ERGMs
November 5 Yanyuan Ma Network Functional Varying Coefficient Model
November 12 Paul Medvedev The statistics of k-mers from mutated sequences and the bias of k-mer-based Jaccard estimators
November 19 No Talk  
November 26 No Talk  
December 3 Carlos Soto Differential Privacy Over Riemannian Manifolds
December 10 No Talk  

A look back at previous SMAC TALKS.