Richard Lockhart, Professor
Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science
Phone: (778) 782 3264  Messages: (778) 782 3803  Fax: (778) 782 4368
Office: K 10561  Email: lockhart (at) sfu (dot) ca

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Statistical Inference for Large Scale Data
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Big Data Workshop at UBC
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Big Data in Environmental Science
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High Dimensional Inference
Lately I have had the privilege of working with Jon Taylor, Ryan Tibshirani, and Rob Tibshirani on inference for LASSO and LARS. They are experts; I am a joyrider. Too many coauthors to put pictures at left. Instead: Stanford.
Methodology in Goodness of Fit
I do goodness of fit, developing testing methods and associated large sample theory largely with Michael Stephens, Federico O'Reilly, Alberto Contreras Cristan, and a number of former students. Ted Anderson is at left.
Directional data
I have written a number of papers on directional data with Michael Stephens and Peter Guttorp. With Michael I wrote about goodnessoffit for the von~Mises distribution and worked with a student on von~Mises mixtures. With Peter I worked on direction finding for downed aircraft. That paper does Bayesian analysis of the problem of finding and object on the basis of bearings taken with von~Mises distributed errors. It also considers ``outlier'' detection in a directional context. Michael's PhD supervisor, Geoff Watson, is pictured at left.
Large Sample Theory
I like to work on large sample theory with what I think of as clean, simple conditions. Peter Guttorp and I did this sort of thing in work on inference in irregularly sampled random walks. That work was motivated by a paper I wrote applying the local central limit theorem to prove that on an explosive trajectory of a BienayméGaltonWatson only the mean, variance and perhaps one other arithmetic parameter admit consistent estimates. Then Peter and I worked on the large sample behaviour of quadratic forms in uniform order statistics. That grew out of work on QQ plots some of which I did with Graham McLaren. Recently I proved a conditional limit theorem for empirical distribution functionl tests. At left is Sir Francis Galton.
Applied papers
I have a paper with Peter Guttorp about finding downed aircraft, work with Chandanie Perera on thermoluminescence dating, early work with (or really for  I was a summer student at the time having just finished my BSc) Jim Zidek on traffic loading on the Lion's Gate Bridge.