Scientific publications of the members of the Research Center for Statistics are essentially in fundamental statistics (mathematical statistics), with focus in applied research fields such as financial econometrics, economics, health sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, psychology, social sciences, etc. More specifically, the researchers affiliated to the Center provide expertise on robust inference, small sample inference, indirect inference, semi- and non parametric statistics, model selection in high dimension, time series analysis, mixed and generalized linear latent variable models, longitudinal data analysis,

The members of the Research Center for Statistics are/have been members of editorial boards of statistical journals, such as the Journal of the American Statistical association, TEST, Sankhya B, Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, and other disciplinary journals such as the Journal of Income Inequality.

The members of the Center also organize or participate to the organization of scientific international conferences. The most recent include:

  • 21st International Conference on Computational Statistics (COMPSTAT 2014), Geneva, August 2014. Organizer and Chairman: Prof. (emeritus) Manfred Gilli, Scientific and Organizing committees: Prof. Gérard Antille, Manfred Gilli, Stefan Sperlich, Elvezio Ronchetti
  • International Conference on Robust Statistics (ICORS 2016), Geneva, June 2016. 200 participants. Organizer and Chairman: Prof. Maria-Pia Victoria-Feser, Scientific and Organizing committees: Prof. Eva Cantoni, Elvezio Ronchetti, Davide La Vecchia, Dr. Marc-Olivier Boldi.
  • Workshop in honor of Prof. Elvezio Ronchetti's 60th birthday, Geneva, Saturday July 2nd, 2016. 60 participants. Organizers: Prof. Eva Cantoni, Prof. Davide La Vecchia, Prof. Fabio Trojani
  • 31th annual congress of the European Economic Association & 69th European meeting of the Econometric Society (EEA-ESEM 2016), Geneva, August 2016. 1’500 participants.

The members of the Research Center for Statistics have been active in seeking outside funding for research projects. Many of our Ph. D. students are financed through these projects. The main source of financial support is the Swiss National Science Foundation, but other sources have also been used.


Selected Publications

Cantoni E., Mills Flemming J., and Welsh A.H. 
A random-effects hurdle model for predicting bycatch of endangered marine species
Annals of Applied Statistics forthcoming

La Vecchia D., Hallin M.
R-estimation in semiparametric dynamic location-scale models
Journal of Econometrics 2017;196(2):233-247

Ronchetti E., Zhelonkin M., Genton MG
Robust inference in sample selection models
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. B, Statistical Methodology 2016

Cantoni E., Aeberhard W. & Héritier S.
Robust inference in the negative binomial regression model with an application to falls data
Biometrics, 2014, vol. 70, pp. 920-931


Please consult our webpage on Knowledge and Publications


Recent Ph.D. Theses

Measures of Model Adequacy and Model Selection in Mixed-Effects Models (Jacot 2017)
Robust Inference for Random Fields and Latent Models (Molinari 2017)
Confidence Sets for Model Eslection (Hannay 2016)
Robust Penalized M-Estimators for Generalized Linear and Additive Models (Avella Medina 2016)
Time-Frequency Granger Causality with Application to Nonstationary Brain Signals (Cekic 2015)
Simulation Based Bias Correction Methods for Complex Problems (Dupuis Lozeron 2015)
Tree-Based Mathods for Moderated Regression With Application to Longitudinal Data (Buergin 2015)
Contributions to Overdispersed Count Data Modeling: Robustness, Small Samples and Other Extensions (Aeberhard 2015)

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