The Department of Statistics at Yale University consists of 8 faculty members, 3 staff, and 28 graduate students. We offer M.A. and Ph.D. programs, as well as an undergraduate major in Statistics.

We have active research programs in statistical information theory, statistical genetics and bioinformatics, bayesian methods, statistical computing, graphical methods, model selection, asymptotics, and other topics. Our faculty and students are also active in collaborative research with other departments throughout the university, including computer science, biological sciences, social sciences, physical sciences, engineering, bioinformatics, economics and applied mathematics.

We occupy the James Dwight Dana House, which is listed as a National Historic Landmark and carries the Landmark Plaque of the New Haven Preservation Trust. In addition to office and classroom spaces, the Dana House is home to a computing laboratory for use by our faculty and students.


September 26, 2016, 4:15pm
Po-Ling Loh
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Modeling disease propagation in networks: Source-finding and influence maximization
We present several recent results concerning stochastic modeling of disease propagation over a network. In the first setting, nodes are infected one at a time, starting from a single infected individual, and the goal is to infer the source of the infection based on a snapshot of infected...
October 10, 2016, 4:15pm
Jiaming Xu
Purdue University, Krannert School of Management
Information-theoretic bounds and phase transitions in clustering, sparse PCA, and submatrix localization
We study the problem of detecting a structured, low-rank signal matrix corrupted with additive Gaussian noise. This includes clustering in a Gaussian mixture model, sparse PCA, and submatrix localization. Each of these problems is conjectured to exhibit a sharp information-theoretic threshold,...