David B. Dunson

David B. Dunson
  • Arts and Sciences Professor of Statistical Science
  • Professor of Statistical Science
  • Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Secondary)
  • Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
External address: 218 Old Chemistry Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: Box 90251, Durham, NC 27708-0251
Phone: (919) 684-8025

Development of Bayesian statistical methods and approaches for uncertainty quantification motivated by applications with complex and high-dimensional data.  A particular interest is in high-dimensional low sample size data in which it is necessary to incorporate dimensional reduction through carefully designed prior distributions and challenges arise in efficiently computing posterior approximations. Ongoing focus areas include new algorithms for approximating posterior distributions in big data settings, nonparametric Bayes probability modeling allowing for uncertainty in distributional assumptions, analysis of network data, incorporating physical and geometric prior knowledge in modeling and novel models for dimension reduction for "object data" (functions, tensors, shapes, etc).  Primary application areas include genomics, neurosciences, epidemiology, and reproductive studies but with much broader interests in developing new methods motivated by difficult applications (in art, music, radar, imaging processing, etc).

Education & Training
  • Ph.D., Emory University 1997

  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University 1994

Dunson, DB. "Models for papilloma multiplicity and regression: Applications to transgenic mouse studies." Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series C: Applied Statistics 49.1 (2000): 19-30.

Dunson, DB, and Tindall, KR. "Bayesian analysis of mutational spectra." Genetics 156.3 (2000): 1411-1418.

Dunson, DB, and Dinse, GE. "Distinguishing effects on tumor multiplicity and growth rate in chemoprevention experiments." Biometrics 56.4 (2000): 1068-1075.

Wilcox, AJ, Dunson, D, and Baird, DD. "The timing of the 'fertile window' in the menstrual cycle: Day specific estimates from a prospective study." British Medical Journal 321.7271 (2000): 1259-1262.

Dunson, DB, and Haseman, JK. "Modeling tumor onset and multiplicity using transition models with latent variables." Biometrics 55.3 (1999): 965-970.

Dunson, DB, Weinberg, CR, Perreault, SD, and Chapin, RE. "Summarizing the motion of self-propelled cells: Applications to sperm motility." Biometrics 55.2 (1999): 537-543.

Dunson, DB, Baird, DD, Wilcox, AJ, and Weinberg, CR. "Day-specific probabilities of clinical pregnancy based on two studies with imperfect measures of ovulation." Human Reproduction 14.7 (1999): 1835-1839. Full Text