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## Winter Quarter 2021

ZOOM links will be provided in the email announcements for each seminar.

TUESDAY, March 2, 2021, at 2:00 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

DANIEL XIANG, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Statistical Sparsity in Detection and Large Scale Testing Problems"

THURSDAY, February 25, 2021, at 4:30 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

ZEQI MAO, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Online Covariance Matrix Estimation in Stochastic Gradient Descent with Application in Music Recognition"

WEDNESDAY, February 24, 2021, at 1:00 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

JUXIAN WANG, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Contrastive Learning with Computer-Generated Images"

WEDNESDAY, February 24, 2021, at 9:30 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

JIONGYI CAO, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"An Application of a Two-stage Mixed-Effects Location-Scale Model with Machine Learning"

TUESDAY, February 23, 2021, at 2:00 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

ISABELA KERNIN, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Exploring Host Response to SARS-CoV-2 Through Differential Expression Analysis"

MONDAY, February 22, 2021, at 9:45 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada) via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

JUN JIE CHOO, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"The No-U-Turn Sampler: Adaptively Setting Path Lengths in Hamiltonian Monte Carlo"

MONDAY, February 22, 2021, at 9:00 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

MING GAO, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Model-Based Trajectory Inference for Single-Cell RNA Sequencing Using Deep Learning with a Mixture Prior"

FRIDAY, February 19, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

YUHANG CAI, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Distances Between Probability Distributions of Different Dimensions"

FRIDAY, February 19, 2021, at 9:00 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

HSIANG WANG, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Monte Carlo Simulation for HJM Model and Learning Networks for Pricing Caplets/ Floorlets"

THURSDAY, February 18, 2021, at 3:00 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

ABBY STEVENS, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Data Science Theory and Applications in Climate Science, Epidemics, and Public Health"

WEDNESDAY, February 17, 2021, at 4:00 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

PUYUAN PENG, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"A Correspondence Variational Autoencoder for Unsupervised Acoustic Word Embeddings"

WEDNESDAY, February 17, 2021, at 11:00 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

HAOYANG WU, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Conformal Predictive Inference for Kernel-conditional Coverage"

WEDNESDAY, February 17, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

JAMES LEINER, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Novel Data Splitting Techniques for Poisson Regression"

WEDNESDAY, February 17, 2021, at 9:00 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

JIN-HONG DU, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Spectral Nearness Problems as Multiparameter Singular Value Problems"

WEDNESDAY, February 17, 2021, at 8:30 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada) via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

ZIHAO ZHENG, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Inference of Trends in Time Series"

WEDNESDAY, January 20, 2021, at 9:30 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

WENXUAN GUO, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Statistics of the Shepp p-Product"

### PAST STUDENT SEMINARS

### Autumn Quarter 2020

ZOOM links will be provided in the email announcements for each seminar.

WEDNESDAY, December 9, 2020, at 1:00 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Andrew Goldstein, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"VEB-Boost: Variational Empirical Bayes Boosting"

MONDAY, November 30, 2020, at 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Zhan Lin, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Risk Averse Control with Mixture of Gaussian Noise"

THURSDAY, November 19, 2020, at 12:30 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Yonghoon Lee, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Binary Classification with Corrupted Labels and Distribution-free Inference with Atoms"

WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2020, at 2:00 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Pinhan Chen, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Rank, Ranking and Phase Transition"

TUESDAY, November 17, 2020, at 11:00 am, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Qing Yan, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Deep Generative Model: Apply, Design and Improve"

FRIDAY, November 13, 2020, at 12:00 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Jiacheng Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Tensor Multi-clustering and Tensor Completion with Missing Fibers"

TUESDAY, November 10, 2020, at 2:30 pm, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Luofeng Liao, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Provably Efficient Neural Estimation of Structural Equation Model - An Adversarial Approach"

MONDAY, November 9, 2020, at 3:00 pm, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Bo Yuan, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Local Conditional Permutation Test for Independence"

MONDAY, November 9, 2020, at 10:30 am, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Danye Xu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Comparison of Approaches for VaR Estimation of Financial Portfolio Data"

WEDNESDAY, November 4, 2020, at 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Lizhen Nie, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Nonparametric Change Point Detection"

TUESDAY, October 27, 2020, at 4:00 pm, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Qian (Sara) Sha, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Nonresponse Detection and Multiple Regression Analysis of Hacker News Survey Data"

MONDAY, October 26, 2020, at 3:00 pm, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Bowei Kang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Topics on Single-cell RNA Sequencing Data Analysis"

*RESCHEDULED*

FRIDAY, September 18, 2020, at 2:00 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Takintayo Akinbiyi, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Equal Local Levels --- A Global Testing Approach With Application To Trans eQTL Detection"

FRIDAY, September 18, 2020, at 10:00 am, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Weihao Li, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Estimation of Latent Factors for High-Dimensional Time Series"

FRIDAY, September 4, 2020, at 10:00 am, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Keshav Vemuri, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Predictive Value Generalization Bounds

### Summer Quarter 2020

ZOOM links will be provided in the email announcements for each seminar.

THURSDAY, August 6, 2020, at 3:00 pm, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yujie Chen, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Modeling Prothrombin Index for Liver Cirrhosis Patients and Its Relationship to the Survival Time"

THURSDAY, August 6, 2020, at 1:00 pm, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Mengxiong Dong, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"An Empirical Study on Kernel Conditional Quantile Estimation Method for Stationary Processes"

FRIDAY, July 17, 2020, at 11:00 am, via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Tae Hyun Kim, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Statistical Methods for Transcriptome Data"

THURSDAY, July 16, 2020, at 2:00 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Ran Dai, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Statistical and Algorithmic Guarantees for High Dimensional Single Index Model"

THURSDAY, July 9, 2020, at 2:00 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Haoyang Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Algorithmic and Statistical Optimality for High-Dimensional Data"

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2020, at 2:00 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Nathan Gill, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Mixed-Effect Location-Scale Regression Models"

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020, at 10:30 AM, via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Yongrui Chen, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"High-Frequency Functional Inference of Dynamic Data in Time and Frequency Domains"

### Spring Quarter 2020

ZOOM links will be provided in the email announcements for each seminar.

THURSDAY, May 28, 2020, at 4:00 PM, via Zoom

MINI-SEMINARS DAY 2

Moderators: ABBY STEVENS and DANIEL XIANG

4:00 - 4:15 pm: YI WANG, "Literature Review on Distribution-Free Conditional Predictive Inference"

4:15 - 4:30 pm: YI WEI, "A New Modeling Framework for Multi-Trait Mapping of Binary and Quantitative Phenotypes"

4:30 - 4:45 pm: DONGYUE XIE, "Multiple Condition Diffferential Expression Analysis for RNAseq Data"

4:45 - 5:00 pm: LIJIA ZHOU, "Uniform Convergence of Low Norm Interpolators"

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2020, at 4:00 PM, via Zoom

MINI-SEMINARS DAY 1

Moderators: ABBY STEVENS and DANIEL XIANG

4:00 - 4:15 pm: CHIH-HSUAN WU, "Mixture Poisson Generalized Linear Mixed Model for Cell Type-Specific Methylation Analyhsis"

4:15 - 4:30 pm: HUANLIN ZHOU, "Some Statistical Issues About Large-Scale Testing for Gene-Gene Interaction"

4:30 - 4:45 pm: WANRONG ZHU, "Sharp High-Probability Bounds for SGD on Linear Model COnsidering Heavy-Tailed Noise"

4:45 - 5:00 pm: HAI TRAN-BACH: Mehler's Formula, Branching Processers and Compositional Kernels of Deep Neural Networks"

5:00 - 5:15 pm: ZEHAO NIU, "Tensor Methods Using Stochastic Approximation of Score Functions for Gaussian Processes"

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2020, at 3:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Ayman Moawad, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Explainable ML for a No-Teardown Vehicle Component Cost Estimation: A Top-Down Approach"

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2020, at 2:30 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Adam Sun, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Constructing and Examining Simultaneous Confidence Bands Measuring Their Performance through Simulation Studies and Using Them to Deliver New Insights on Global Temperature Trends"

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2020, at 1:30 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Rick Presman, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"The Cohomology of Irrationality: Perspectives from Topology and Matrix Factorization"

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2020, at 12:45 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Steven Moen, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Multivariate CAViaR: An Insightful Approach to Risk Modeling"

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2020, at 12:15 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Wonbin Song, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Transition Matrix Estimation in High Dimensional Vector Autoregressive Models"

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2020, at 11:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Timothy Morrison, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Precipitation Modelling Using Cluster Point Processes and Nonparametric Markov Models"

TUESDAY, May 12, 2020, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Keonmyeong Lee, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Is the Baseball Responsible For the Increased Number of Home Runs in Triple-A Leagues?"

TUESDAY, May 12, 2020, at 11:30 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yanqing Gui, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Income and Wealth’s Effect on Wholesale-Club Private-Label Expenditure Share: A Causal Relationship"

MONDAY, May 11, 2020, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Joowoo Yoo, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Analyzing Youth Premium in the Contemporary Art Auction Market"

MONDAY, May 11, 2020, at 10:30 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Gulishana Adilijiang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Estimating Conditional Value-at-Risk with Kernel Conditional Quantile"

FRIDAY, May 8, 2020, at 3:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jisung Hwang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Distributionally Robust Wasserstein Profile Inference on Convex

Objectives"

FRIDAY, May 8, 2020, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jessica Kunke, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"A Nonstationary Gaussian Process Model for Forecasting Solar Irradiance at Earth's Surface"

TUESDAY, May 5, 2020, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jaymo Kim, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Revisiting 'Learning of Efficient Behaviour in Spatial Exploration Through Observation of Behaviour of Conspecific in Laboratory Rats'"

TUESDAY, May 5, 2020, at 11:30 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Chen Xu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Efficient Predictive Inference with Jackknife+ under Ensemble Learning"

FRIDAY, May 1, 2020, at 3:00 PM, via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Youngseok Kim, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Bayesian Shrinkage Methods for High-dimensional Regression"

FRIDAY, May 1, 2020, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation,

Blaine Cole, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Unsupervised Domain Adaptation through Paired Unlabeled Data"

FRIDAY, May 1, 2020, at 10:30 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation,

Zeyu Hu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Kernel Estimation of Conditional Quantile for Value at Risk"

THURSDAY, April 30, 2020, at 3:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yanfei Zhou, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"An Empirical Study of a Fully Online Approach for Statistical Inference Based on SGD"

THURSDAY, April 30, 2020, at 3:00 PM, via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Changji Xu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Random Walk Among Bernoulli Obstacles"

THURSDAY, April 30, 2020, at 1:30 PM, via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Peter Panov, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Loop Soup Occupation Fields and Poisson Cylinders"

WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2020, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yi-Hung Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

Causal Relations and Feature Extraction in Contextualized Sentence Representation"

TUESDAY, April 28, 2020, at 1:30 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Boxin Zhao, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"FuDGE: Functional Differential Graph Estimation with Fully and Discretely Observed Curves"

MONDAY, April 27, 2020, at 3:00 PM, via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Fengshuo Zhang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Statistical Guarantee of Variational Inference and Its Applications"

MONDAY, April 27, 2020, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom**k**

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Zhipeng Lou, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"High Dimensional Inference Based on Quadratic Forms"

THURSDAY, April 23, 2020, at 2:30 PM, via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Bumeng Zhuo, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Topics on Bayesian Inference Sampling Algorithms"

TUESDAY, April 21, 2020, at 3:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Bryan Chang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Optimizing MLB’s Batter-Pitcher Matchup through a Representation Learning Approach"

TUESDAY, April 21, 2020, at 1:30 PM, via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Minzhe Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Estimations in Topic Modeling"

FRIDAY, April 17, 2020, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Gregory Naisat, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Tropical Algebra and Algebraic Topology of Deep Neural Networks"

FRIDAY, April 10, 2020, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

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

Master's Thesis Presentation

Sungil Kim, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"TBA"

### 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"