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

Lock, EF, and Dunson, DB. "Shared kernel Bayesian screening." Biometrika 102.4 (December 2015): 829-842. Full Text

Bhattacharya, A, Pati, D, Pillai, NS, and Dunson, DB. "Dirichlet-Laplace priors for optimal shrinkage." Journal of the American Statistical Association 110.512 (December 2015): 1479-1490. Full Text

Guhaniyogi, R, and Dunson, DB. "Bayesian Compressed Regression." Journal of the American Statistical Association 110.512 (October 2, 2015): 1500-1514. Full Text

Zhou, J, Bhattacharya, A, Herring, AH, and Dunson, DB. "Bayesian Factorizations of Big Sparse Tensors." Journal of the American Statistical Association 110.512 (October 2, 2015): 1562-1576. Full Text

Hua, Z, Zhu, H, and Dunson, DB. "Semiparametric Bayes Local Additive Models for Longitudinal Data." Statistics in Biosciences 7.1 (May 1, 2015): 90-107. Full Text

Li, D, Wilcox, AJ, and Dunson, DB. "Benchmark pregnancy rates and the assessment of post-coital contraceptives: An update." Contraception 91.4 (April 1, 2015): 344-349. Full Text

Chabout, J, Sarkar, A, Dunson, DB, and Jarvis, ED. "Male mice song syntax depends on social contexts and influences female preferences." FRONTIERS IN BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE 9 (April 1, 2015). Full Text Open Access Copy

Li, D, Wilcox, AJ, and Dunson, DB. "Benchmark pregnancy rates and the assessment of post-coital contraceptives: an update." Contraception 91.4 (April 2015): 344-349. Full Text

Lock, EF, Soldano, KL, Garrett, ME, Cope, H, Markunas, CA, Fuchs, H, Grant, G, Dunson, DB, Gregory, SG, and Ashley-Koch, AE. "Joint eQTL assessment of whole blood and dura mater tissue from individuals with Chiari type I malformation." BMC genomics 16 (January 22, 2015): 11-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Kessler, DC, Hoff, PD, and Dunson, DB. "Marginally specified priors for non-parametric Bayesian estimation." Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series B: Statistical Methodology 77.1 (January 1, 2015): 35-58. Full Text