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Stochastic Modeling and Computational Statistics


  1. 40 minutes for each talk + 20 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 (they are a mainstay of SMAC seminars!) 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 Unpublished work may not be shared or discussed outside the group without the permission of the speaker/author.

Unless otherwise noted, all speakers are from the Department of Statistics at Penn State University.

Date Speaker Topic
January 16 Weijie Shen Review on two seemingly distinct curricula of Design of Experiments
January 23 Yang Liu Structured Ordinary Least Squares
January 30 Sam Tajbakhsh (Industrial Engineering/Statistics, PSU) Fitting Gaussian Random Field Models Using Semidefinite Programming
February 6 Chiara Lo Prete (Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, PSU) Market manipulation through uneconomic virtual bidding: an application of strategic trader models to wholesale electricity markets
February 13 Ben Shaby A three-groups model for high-throughput survival screens
February 20 Timothy Brick (Human Development and Family Studies, PSU) Maintained Individual Data & Distributed Likelihood Evaluation
February 27 Nikos Papadatos (University of Athens) A tight bound for the expected range from dependent observations
March 6 no talk/Friday before spring break  
March 13 no talk (spring break)  
March 20 No SMAC talk (prospective grads visit)  
March 27 Clio Andris (Geography, PSU) Leveraging Social Flows with Geolocated Social Network Data
April 3 Nilam Ram (Human Development and Family Studies, PSU) From Intraindividual Variability to Self-Regulation: Moving Toward Differential Equation Models of Psychological Processes
April 10 Jason Bernstein Analyzing Diffusion with Transient Binding Processes Using Particle Filters
April 17 Special Seminar: Terry Speed Instrumental variables and negative controls
April 24 Zhongyi Yuan (Smeal College of Business, PSU)  

A look back at previous SMAC TALKS.