Canada Research Chair
Professor, Ph.D. (Dublin)
Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics,
1280 Main Street West
Canada L8S 4K1
905-525-9140, ext. 23419
Research Area: Computational Statistics
Research Profile: 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.