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

Scarpa, B, and Dunson, DB. "Enriched Stick Breaking Processes for Functional Data." Journal of the American Statistical Association 109.506 (January 2014): 647-660. Full Text

Xing, Z, Nicholson, B, Jimenez, M, Veldman, T, Hudson, L, Lucas, J, Dunson, D, Zaas, AK, Woods, CW, Ginsburg, GS, and Carin, L. "Bayesian modeling of temporal properties of infectious disease in a college student population." Journal of Applied Statistics 41.6 (January 1, 2014): 1358-1382. Full Text

Wade, S, Dunson, DB, Petrone, S, and Trippa, L. "Improving prediction from dirichlet process mixtures via enrichment." Journal of Machine Learning Research 15 (January 1, 2014): 1041-1071.

Durante, D, Scarpa, B, and Dunson, DB. "Locally adaptive factor processes for multivariate time series." Journal of Machine Learning Research 15 (January 1, 2014): 1493-1522.

Canale, A, and Dunson, DB. "Nonparametric Bayes modelling of count processes." BIOMETRIKA 100.4 (December 2013): 801-816. Full Text

Armagan, A, Dunson, DB, Lee, J, Bajwa, WU, and Strawn, N. "Posterior consistency in linear models under shrinkage priors." BIOMETRIKA 100.4 (December 2013): 1011-1018. Full Text

Hannah, LA, and Dunson, DB. "Multivariate convex regression with adaptive partitioning." Journal of Machine Learning Research 14 (November 1, 2013): 3153-3188.

Hannah, LA, and Dunson, DB. "Multivariate Convex Regression with Adaptive Partitioning." JOURNAL OF MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCH 14 (November 2013): 3261-3294.

Li, D, Longnecker, MP, and Dunson, DB. "Lipid adjustment for chemical exposures: accounting for concomitant variables." Epidemiology 24.6 (November 2013): 921-928. Full Text

Lock, EF, and Dunson, DB. "Bayesian consensus clustering." Bioinformatics 29.20 (October 15, 2013): 2610-2616. Full Text