APPM Colloquium - Peter F. Craigmile

Peter F. Craigmile, Department of Statistics, The Ohio State University

Enhancing statistical inference for stochastic processes using modern statistical methods

(This is joint research with Radu Herbei, Matthew Pratola, Huong Nguyen, and Grant Schneider, at The Ohio State University.)

Stochastic processes such as stochastic differential equations (SDEs) and Gaussian processes are used as statistical models in many disciplines.  However there are many situations in which a statistical design or inference problem associated with these processes is intractable, and approximations are then required.  Traditionally these approximations often come without measures of quality.

We motivate using three examples:

(i) Approximating intractable likelihoods for SDEs;
(ii) Using "near-optimal design" to find spatial designs that minimize
integrated mean square error;
(iii) Using well-designed data subsets to enhance stochastic gradient
descent (SGD) for big data statistical learning.

We demonstrate approaches to framing such problems from a statistical perspective so that we can probabilistically quantify uncertainties when making approximations.  Depending on the problem, we achieve this using a range of modern statistical methods such as Gaussian processes, point processes, sampling theory, sequential design, and quantile regression.


Friday, September 28, 2018 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Engineering Center, Room 245
1111 Engineering Drive, Boulder, CO 80309

Event Type



Science & Technology, Research & Innovation


General Public, Faculty, Students, Graduate Students, Postdoc

College, School & Unit

Engineering & Applied Science


colloquium, fall 2018, APPM

Applied Mathematics
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