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Chuanhai Liu

Chuanhai Liu

Research Interests

  • Computational Methods for Statistical Inference
  • Computational Methods: EM-type algorithms, Markov chain Monte Carlo, and Quasi-Newton methods
  • Computer Languages and Environments for Data Analysis
  • Computing Systems: Designs and implementations of statistical software systems for big data analysis
  • Markov Chain Monte Carlo
  • Modeling and Model Selection
  • Multiple Comparisons
  • Statistical Modeling: Philosophy, theory, and methods
  • Theoretical Statististics: Foundations of statistical inference

Previous Ph.D. Students from Purdue University Department of Statistics

  • Aritra Chakravorty (Joint with Professor William S. Cleveland)
  • Shuang He (Joint with Professor Xiao Wang)
  • Yunxiao He
  • Duncan Leaf
  • Andrew Lewandowski
  • Ryan Martin (Joint with Professor Jayanta K. Ghosh)
  • Yanhui Mi
  • Jianchun Zhang
  • Zuoyi Zhang (Joint with Professor Tonglin Zhang)


  • M.S., Wuhan University, Probability and Statistics, 1987
  • M.A., Harvard University, Statistics, 1990
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, Statistics, 1994


  • Fellow of the American Statistical Association, 2007
  • Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute, 2006
  • Outstanding Statistical Application Paper (Journal of the American Statistical Association), 2000
  • The Frank Wilcoxon Prize, 2000
  • The Bell-Labs President's Silver Award, 1998
  • Outstanding Teaching Fellow at Harvard University, 1994
For more information about Chuanhai Liu, please visit:

Purdue Department of Statistics, 150 N. University St, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone: (765) 494-6030, Fax: (765) 494-0558

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