In 2022 the American Statistical Association established the Riffenburgh Award, which recognizes exceptional innovation in extending statistical methods across diverse fields. Simultaneously, the Department of Statistics at the University of Connecticut proudly commemorated six decades of excellence, having evolved into a preeminent hub for academic, industrial, and governmental statistical grooming. To honor this legacy, a captivating virtual dialogue was conducted with the department’s visionary founder, Dr. Robert H. Riffenburgh, delving into his extraordinary career trajectory, profound insights into the statistical vocation, and heartfelt accounts from the faculty and students he personally nurtured. This multifaceted narrative documents the conversation with more detailed background information on each topic covered by the interview than what is presented in the video recording on YouTube.
Pub. online:25 Jul 2023Type:Computing In Data ScienceOpen Access
Journal:Journal of Data Science
Volume 21, Issue 3 (2023): Special Issue: Advances in Network Data Science, pp. 538–556
Preferential attachment (PA) network models have a wide range of applications in various scientific disciplines. Efficient generation of large-scale PA networks helps uncover their structural properties and facilitate the development of associated analytical methodologies. Existing software packages only provide limited functions for this purpose with restricted configurations and efficiency. We present a generic, user-friendly implementation of weighted, directed PA network generation with R package wdnet. The core algorithm is based on an efficient binary tree approach. The package further allows adding multiple edges at a time, heterogeneous reciprocal edges, and user-specified preference functions. The engine under the hood is implemented in C++. Usages of the package are illustrated with detailed explanation. A benchmark study shows that wdnet is efficient for generating general PA networks not available in other packages. In restricted settings that can be handled by existing packages, wdnet provides comparable efficiency.
Splines are important tools for the flexible modeling of curves and surfaces in regression analyses. Functions for constructing spline basis functions are available in R through the base package splines. When the curves to be modeled have known characteristics in monotonicity or curvature, more efficient statistical inferences are possible with shape-restricted splines. Such splines, however, are not available in the R package splines. The package splines2 provides easy-to-use shape-restricted spline basis functions, along with their derivatives and integrals which are important tools in many inference scenarios. It also provides additional splines and features that are not available in the splines package, such as periodic splines and generalized Bernstein polynomials. The usages of the functions are illustrated with shape-restricted regression, recurrent event data analysis, and extreme-value copulas.