steve_marronAmos Hawley Distinguished Professor
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Object Oriented Data Analysis, Visualizations, Smoothing


B.S. (1977) University of California
Ph.D. (1982) University of California, Los Angeles

Professional Background:

UNC-Chapel Hill (1982 – )

UNC-CH Department of Statistics (1982-2003)

UNC-CH Department of Statistics and Operations Research (2003 – )

Adjunct Professor in Computer Science (2003 – )

Member, Lineberger Cancer Center (2004  – )

Selected Publications:

Improved variable window estimators of probability densities (with P. Hall and T. C. Hu), Annals of Statistics, 23 (1995), 1-10.

A brief survey of bandwidth selection for density estimation (with M. C. Jones and S. J. Sheather), Journal of the American Statistical Association, 91 (1996), 401-407.

Bootstrap selection of the smoothing parameter in nonparametric hazard rate estimation (with W. Gonzlez-Manteiga and R. Cao), Journal of the American Statistical Association, 91 (1996), 1130-1140.

Research Interests:

Marron’s theoretical interests are in smoothing methods for curve estimation. This is a flexible and powerful approach to data analysis, especially useful in situations where a good parametric model is unknown, or there is a need for visual model checking. Mathematical analysis, especially a wide array of asymptotics, to the depth of minimax lower bounds, is a frequently used methodological research tool in this area. However computational, numerical and graphical methods are also indispensable. These techniques are broadly applicable in most areas of science where numbers and uncertainty are involved. Personal application areas include biology, economics, geology, human movement, image analysis, marketing, ophthalmology and software engineering.


Fellow, IMS
Fellow, ASA
Member, ISI
Amos R. Hawley Distinguished Professor