2019-2020 Student Seminars

Summer Quarter 2020

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"

Spring Quarter 2020

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 Differential Expression Analysis for RNA-Seq 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 Analysis"
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 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"

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 Zoomk
Dissertation Presentation and Defense
ZHIPENG LOU, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago
"High Dimensional Inference Based on Quadratic Forms"

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

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"

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"

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 5:00 PM, in Jones 226, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue
Master's Thesis Presentation
LUYI ZH, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago
"Chebyshev and Jacobi Acceleration"

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 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 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"

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?"

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 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"

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"

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 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"

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 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"

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 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 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"

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"

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, January 31, 2020, at 1:30 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue
PhD Dissertation Proposal Presentation
JASON WILLERSCHEID, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago
"Empirical Bayes Matrix Factorization: Methods and Applications"

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"

Autumn Quarter 2019

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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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, 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"

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"