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### Spring Quarter 2020

TUESDAY, May 5, 2020, at 10:30 AM, **via ZOOM**, (link TBA)

Master's Thesis Presentation

Chen Xu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"TBA"

THURSDAY, April 30, 2020, at 3:00 PM, **via ZOOM**, (link TBA)

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yanfei Zhou, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"TBA"

MONDAY, April 27, 2020, at 2:00 PM, **via ZOOM**, (link TBA)

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Zhipeng Lou, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"TBA"

TUESDAY, April 21, 2020, at 1:30 PM, **via this ZOOM link**

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Minzhe Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Estimations in Topic Modeling"

FRIDAY, April 10, 2020, at 2:00 PM, **via ZOOM**, (link TBA)

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Yi Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Efficient Likelihood Free Bayesian Inference for High Dimensional Problems with Applications to the Study of Transcriptional Control"

MONDAY, April 6, 2020, at 10:30 am, **via ZOOM**, (link TBA)

Master's Thesis Presentation

Sungil Kim, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Financial Time Series Analysis Using Quantile Curve Estimation

and Cointegration Method"

PAST SEMINARS

### Winter Quarter 2020

FRIDAY, January 31, 2020, at 10:00 AM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Lei Sun, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Topics on the Empirical Bayes Normal Means Problem"

FRIDAY, January 31, 2020, at 1:30 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

PhD Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Jason Willwerscheid, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Empirical Bayes Matrix Factorization: Methods and Applications"

FRIDAY, January 31, 2020, at 3:00 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Shentao Yang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Beating the Market with Machine-Learning"

FRIDAY, February 7, 2020, at 11:00 AM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Nicholas Rittler, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"On the Relation of Bayesian Inference and PAC-Bayes Inspired Learning Procedures"

MONDAY, February 10, 2020, at 8:30 AM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yi Jin, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Estimating Value at Risk with Kernel Density Estimation"

MONDAY, February 10, 2020, at 9:00 AM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Xiaoyu Sun, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Portfolio Value-at-Risk Estimation: a Multivariate Copula-based Volatility Model"

MONDAY, February 10, 2020, at 9:30 AM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Wenjing Xu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Modelling Time-varying Behavior of Maxima with Dynamic Fréchet Model"

MONDAY, February 10, 2020, at 2:00 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Lin Gui, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Replicating Signals Detection with an Adaptive Filtering Procedure and its One Extension"

FRIDAY, February 14, 2020, at 1:00 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Hanyang Peng, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Hierarchical Multichannel Multi-layer Convolutional Attention Networks For Document Classification"

MONDAY, February 17, 2020, at 1:00 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Patrick Walker, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Investigations into Cox Hazards Models for Clinical Trial Data"

MONDAY, February 17, 2020, at 2:00 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Seung Ah Ha, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Maternal Investments on a Child's Educational Achievement"

MONDAY, February 17, 2020, at 2:45 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yuhei Koshino, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Evaluation of Methods for Adjusting Partial Non-responses and Sensitivity Analysis of Estimated Vaccination Coverage Rate: National Immunization Survey 2018"

TUESDAY, February 18, 2020, at 2:00 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yuhan Li, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Detecting Individuals with Abnormal Molecular Aging from DNA Methylation Data"

TUESDAY, February 18, 2020, at 2:30 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yijia Zhao, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"An Extension of Equal Local Levels Method --- For Test Statistics Other Than Z-Scores"

TUESDAY, February 18, 2020, at 3:30 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Kabir Sawhney, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Reexamining Daily Pairs Trading: Do Pairs Trading Opportunities Still Exist in Today's Stock Market?"

WEDNESDAY, February 19, 2020, at 11:00 AM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Weidi Pan, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Collaborative Filtering and Music Personalization"

WEDNESDAY, February 19, 2020, at 2:00 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yuqing He, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Modeling Linkage Disequilibrium for Polygenic Phenotype Prediction"

WEDNESDAY, February 19, 2020, at 2:30 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Margarita Orlova, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Beta-Poisson Modeling of Single-Cell RNA-Sequencing Data"

WEDNESDAY, February 19, 2020, at 5:00 PM, in Jones 226, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Luyi Zhou, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Chebyshev and Jacobi Acceleration"

WEDNESDAY, February 19, 2020, at 5:30 PM, in Jones 226, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Fuheng Cui, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"How far is a gradient-based optimization algorithm from global convergence?"

WEDNESDAY, February 19, 2020, at 6:00 PM, in Jones 226, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yuwei Luo, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"TBA"

THURSDAY, February 20, 2020, at 11:00 AM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Qi Zhu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"An Empirical Study of Regularization on Large Covariance Matrix Estimation"

### Autumn Quarter 2019

THURSDAY, September 19, 2019, at 11:00 AM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Kenneth Ruiter, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Experimenting with Encoded Classifiers"

TUESDAY, October 22, 2019, at 3:00 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

PhD Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Enakshi Saha, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Flexible Bayesian Tools for Large Data"

WEDNESDAY, October 30, 2019, at 1:00 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Weilin Chen, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Asymptotic and Finite-Sample Properties of Panel Unit Root Tests Under Cross-Sectional Dependence"

TUESDAY, November 5, 2019, at 11:00 AM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Kyoung Hwan Kook Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Empirical Study of Goodness-of-Fit Tests for Copulas"

FRIDAY, November 8, 2019, at 2:00 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Ka Kwan Albert Lam Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Hyperparameter-Free Online Matrix Factorization"

WEDNESDAY, November 13, 2019, at 10:30 AM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Shinpei Nakamura Sakai Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Multiplex Network Modelling via GERGM"

THURSDAY, November 14, 2019, at 10:00 AM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

PhD Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Xialiang Dou, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Distributionally Robust Optimization with Time Dependent Data"

FRIDAY, November 22, 2019, at 10:30 AM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

PhD Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Ran Dai, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Three Tales in High Dimensional Statistics"

FRIDAY, November 22, 2019, at 5:00 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

PhD Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Sen Na, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Scalability and Robustness: Dynamic Programming and Semiparametric Modeling"

MONDAY, November 25, 2019, at 11:00 AM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

PhD Dissertation Proposal Presentation

You-Lin Chen, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Tensor Correlation Analysis: Computation and Inference"

MONDAY, December 2, 2019, at 12:30 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

PhD Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Yuxin Zou, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Bayesian Variable Selection Using Summary Statistics with Application to Fine-Mapping"

WEDNESDAY, December 4, 2019, at 1:00 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Jonathan Eskreis-Winkler, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Multiresolution Analysis on Discrete Spaces"

### Summer Quarter 2019

MONDAY, August 26, 2019, at 2:00 pm, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Micol Tresoldi, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Sparsity"

FRIDAY, August 2, 2019, at 2:00 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Zhengyang Fang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"An Extension of Susie Model with Mixture-Gaussian Prior"

FRIDAY, July 26, 2019, at 3:00 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Yuefeng Han, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Robust Estimation of High Dimensional Time Series"

WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019, at 4:00 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Zhi Rong Tan, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Multidimensional Scaling Analysis of Legislative Roll Calls in Multi-Party Systems"

WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019, at 3:00 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Bo Wei Ooi, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Statistical Inference and Clustering of Trend Functions in High-Dimensional Time Series"

MONDAY, July 8, 2019, at 1:00 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Eric Weine, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Efficient Calculation of Improved Simultaneous Testing Bands for QQplots."

### Spring Quarter 2019

FRIDAY, June 7, 2019, at 12:30 pm, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

CHRISTOPHER MCKENNAN, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Latent Variables in ‘omic’ Data."

FRIDAY, June 7, 2019, at 11:00 am, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

JING YU, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"On the Application, Theory and Computation of Optimal Experimental Design in the Context of Sensor Placement"

FRIDAY, May 17, 2019, at 4:00 Pm, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

WEN YUAN YEN, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Effects of Corporate Fraud on Financial Intermediation: From a Quantile Regression Perspective"

WEDNESDAY, May 15, 2019, at 10:00 am, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

GANG QIAO, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Differentially Private Ranking Problem"

WEDNESDAY, May 15, 2019, at 1:00 pm, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

JUAN MORA, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Introduction to the Semiparametric Dynamic Max-Copula model and an Application to Financial Time Series Data"

MONDAY, May 13, 2019, at 1:00 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

JIAGENG LIU, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Post-IPO Stocks in China: A Statistical Analysis"

FRIDAY, May 10, 2019, at 3:00 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

SUCHAN PARK, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Hierarchical Multichannel Convolutional Attention For Document Classification"

FRIDAY, May 10, 2019, at 2:30 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

JASHA SOMMER-SIMPSON, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Convergence of Dumbgen’s Algorithm for Estimtion of Tail Inflation"

WEDNESDAY, May 1, 2019, at 1:00 pm, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

FAN YANG, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Estimation and Inference for High Dimensional Data with Structured Signals"

TUESDAY, April 30, 2019, at 3:00 pm, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

AHMED BOU-RABEE, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Abelian Sandpiles, Random Walks, Monge-Ampère, and Supercritical Percolation"

MONDAY, April 1, 2019, at 10:30 am, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

JOELLE MBATCHOU, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Assessments of significance for genetic association analysis in structured samples."

### Winter Quarter 2019

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019, at 11:00 am, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Heqing Ye, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Variational Autoencoder with Spatial Transformations."

MONDAY, February 25, 2019, at 2:00 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

RUI WANG, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Application of optimal portfolio selection methods based on expected-shortfall with copula induced dependence."

THURSDAY, February 21, 2019, at 3:00 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

CLAIRE GUO, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Predicting Demographic Characteristics from the Gut Microbiome"

WEDNESDAY, February 20, 2019, at 2:00 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

ZIQI LIU, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Bayesian Support Vector Regression for Hyperparameter Tuning"

WEDNESDAY, February 20, 2019, at 1:00 pm, in Jones 204, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

YUHUI NI, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Application of Semiparametric Conditional Value-at-Risk to time series data"

TUESDAY, February 19, 2019, at 2:45 pm, in Jones 226, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

DAKE ZHANG, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Generalizations of Shepp's Property"

TUESDAY, February 19, 2019, at 2:15 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

YICHEN LU, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Application of Support Vector Machine in Financial Time Series Forecasting"

TUESDAY, February 19, 2019, at 1:45 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

YANGYU LIU, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Method of Kernel Conditional Quantile Estimation for Time Dependent Processes-with Application to Conditional Value-at-risk"

MONDAY, February 18, 2019, at 1:00 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

ERIN LIPMAN, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Beyond Accuracy: Diversification in a Classification Setting"

MONDAY, February 18, 2019, at 11:00 am, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

JINYI HUA, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Development of Fraud Detection with Statistical Method"

MONDAY, February 18, 2019, at 10:00 am, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

ZHIPENG LOU, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Simultaneous Inference for Mean Curves of Functional and Longitudinal Data"

TUESDAY, February 5, 2019, at 1:30 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

SEULMIN YANG, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"The Usage of Mobile E-commerce in Korea with a Focus on Time and Location: An Empirical Study"

FRIDAY, February 1, 2019, at 2:30 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

MAHTIYAR BONAKDARPOUR, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Statistical Machine Learning Methods for Complex, Heterogeneous Data"

THURSDAY, January 10, 2019, at 12:00 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

GREGORY NAISAT, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Application of Algebra and Topology for the Study of Neural Networks"

### Autumn Quarter 2018

TUESDAY, December 18, 2018, at 2:00 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

TAKINTAYO AKINBIYI, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"TBA"

THURSDAY, December 13, 2018, at 2:00 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

HAOYANG LIU, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Some Problems Related to Sparse, Low Rank, Contamination, and Changepoint Structure"

MONDAY, December 10, 2018, at 11:00 am, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

TAE HYUN KIM, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Effects of Ancestry on the African American Transcriptome: Statistical Challenges in Modern Biomedical Data"

MONDAY, December 3, 2018, at 2:00 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

FENGSHUO ZHANG, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Convergence Rate of Variational Inference and Its Application to a General Model"

TUESDAY, November 27, 2018, at 1:00 pm, in Jones 226, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

BYOL KIM, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Lessons in Thinking Linearly"

TUESDAY, November 27, 2018, at 9:45 am, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

BUMENG ZHUO, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Bayesian Inference via Sampling"

WEDNESDAY, November 21, 2018, at 11:00 am, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

YONGRUI CHEN, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Particles and Waves: In-Fill Asymptotic Analyses of Dynamic Data in Time and Frequency Domains"

THURSDAY, November 15, 2018, at 2:00 pm

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

MINZHE WANG, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"From Topic Model to Information Retrieval"

THURSDAY, November 15, 2018, at 10:00 am, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

YOUNGSEOK KIM, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"A Spike and Slab Prior and Bayesian Variable Selection"

WEDNESDAY, November 14, 2018, at 2:00 pm, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

JEREMY SEEMAN, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Multimodal MRI Risk Maps for Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Using Nonparametric Local Risk Classification"

WEDNESDAY, November 14, 2018, at 1:15 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

TING LI, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Precuneus and Throwing Accuracy -- From a Evolutionary Perspective"

WEDNESDAY, November 14, 2018, at 11:30 am, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

TONY ZHANG, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Nonparametric Estimation of Time-Varying Coefficient Realized Volatility Models"

WEDNESDAY, November 14, 2018, at 11:00 am, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

BRANDON CHAO, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Bayesian Quantile Forecasting for Value-at-Risk in Cryptocurrency Markets"

WEDNESDAY, November 14, 2018, at 10:30 am, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

ADRIÁN DIAZ, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Using Kernel Regression to Model Time-Varying Persistence in AR Models"

THURSDAY, November 1, 2018, at 1:00 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

CHLOE LEPERT, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Measuring the Effect of Rest and Tiredness in Soccer and Tennis Outcomes"

THURSDAY, November 1, 2018, at 9:30 am, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

JOSHUA FALK, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Learning Subregular Phonological Patterns with Recurrent Neural Networks"

TUESDAY, October 30, 2018, at 1:45 pm, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

DANIEL CUNNINGHAM, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Improved Major League Baseball Batting Projections Using a Random Forest Model"

FRIDAY, October 26, 2018, at 10:30 am, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

ULISES PEREIRA, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Unsupervised Learning of Neuronal Representations in Brain Networks"