Professor David Draper

David Draper is a Professor of Statistics in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (USA).

He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association (ASA), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the Royal Statistical Society; from 2001 to 2003 he served as the President-Elect, President, and Past President of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA).

He is the author or co-author of more than 100 contributions to the methodological and applied statistical literature, including articles in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series A, B and C), the Journal of the American Statistical Association, the Annals of Applied Statistics, Bayesian Analysis, Statistical Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association; his 1995 JRSS-B article on assessment and propagation of model uncertainty has been cited more than 850 times.

His research is in the areas of Bayesian inference and prediction, model uncertainty and empirical model-building, hierarchical modeling, Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods, and Bayesian nonparametric methods, with applications mainly in medicine, health policy, education, and environmental risk assessment.

When he gave an earlier version of this short course at the Anaheim Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in 1997 it received the 1998 ASA Excellence in Continuing Education Award, and a short course he gave on intermediate and advanced-level topics in Bayesian hierarchical modeling at the San Francisco JSM in 2003 received the 2004 ASA Excellence in Continuing Education Award.

He has won or been nominated for major teaching awards everywhere he has taught (the University of Chicago; the RAND Graduate School of Public Policy Studies; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Bath (UK); and the University of California, Santa Cruz).

He has a particular interest in the exposition of complex statistical methods and ideas in the context of real-world applications.

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