Paul McNicholas
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Professor, Canada Research Chair and Associate Chair (Statistics)
HH 418
(905) 525 9140 ext. 23419
(905) 522-0935

Research Area: Computational Statistics

Research Profile: Computational Statistics
Dr. McNicholas' research focuses on computational statistics, and he is at the cutting edge of international research on mixture model-based clustering and classification. Current research includes work on big data featuring outlying or spurious points, with a focus on classification, clustering, dimension reduction and discriminant analysis. Another important aspect of Dr. McNicholas? current research is work on non-Gaussian mixture models, which present a useful alternative to the Gaussian mixture model. Work on clustering categorical data and data of mixed type is ongoing. Applications of Dr. McNicholas? research are readily found in several fields, including bioinformatics, sensometrics, and psychometrics.

Classification, clustering, computational statistics, data science, machine learning, mixture models

Stats 4M03/6M03 

Math 4P06A
Stats 4I03/6I03
Stats 4W03

Math 4P06
Stats 780

Math 4P06
Math 4W03
Stats 4M03/6M03
Stats 4W03
Stats 743

Publications available here.

Presentations available here.

Currently Supervising:
Katharine Clark (PhD Stats)
Mackenzie Neal (MSc Stats)
Nikola Pocuca (PhD Stats)
Elorm Sowu (PhD Stats)
Siyi Wang (PhD Stats)
Xi Zhang (PhD Stats)
Eman Alamer (PhD Stats)
Shiva Rahimipour (PhD CSE)
Andrii Turchenko (PhD CSE)

Past Students:
Sarah Alattas (MSc Stats) 
Martin Blostein (MSc Stats)
Amay Cheam (PhD Math (Stats))
Xiongying Deng (Msc Stats)
Jonathan Earl (MSc Stats)
Michael Gallaugher (MSc Stats and PhD Stats) 
Chandra Grewal (MSc Stats)
Milena Hadzi-Tosev (MSc Stats) 
Regina Kampo (PhD Stats)
Sherry Luo (MSc Stats) 
Muz Mallo (PhD Stats)
Kevin Matira (MSc Stats) 
Paula Murray (PhD Math (Stats))
Nkumbuludzi Ndwapi (PhD Math (Stats))
Nidhi Patel (MSc Stats)
Forrest Paton (MSc Stats and PhD Stats) 
Angelina Pesevski (MSc Stats)
Nikola Pocuca (MSc Stats) 
Sarah Ricciuti (MSc Stats) 
Tyler Roick (MSc Stats and PhD CSE) 
Peter Tait (MSc Stats and PhD Stats) 
Yang Tang (PhD Math (Stats)) 
Andrii Turchenko (MSc CSE) 
Yuhong Wei (PhD Math (Stats)) 
Monica Wong (PhD Math (Stats)) 
Xu Xuan Zhang (MSc Stats) 

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