Allan R Sampson

Professor and Interim Chair

1818 Wesley W. Posvar Hall


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  • PhD, Statistics, Stanford University, 1970
  • MS, Statistics, Stanford University, 1968
  • BA, Mathematics, University of California Los Angeles, 1966

Research Interests

  • Multivariate analysis
  • Clinical trials
  • Order-restricted inference
  • Reliability
  • Applications in biopharmaceutics, psychiatry, and medicine
  • Stereology


“Statistics is the language of science; in the omnipresence of randomness, statistics provides the context and framework for the understanding and interpretation of data.”

Selected Publications

  • Surveying individuals with disabilities. In Statistics and Public Policy (Ed. B. Spencer), Oxford University Press, 162-179 (1997).
  • Comparison of meta-analysis versus analysis of variance of individual patient data. Biometrics, 54, 317-322 (1998) (with I. Olkin).
  • Iso-chi-squared testing of 2xk ordered tables. Canadian Journal of Statistics, 29, 609-619 (2001) (with S. Gautam and H. Singh).
  • Stereological analysis of the mediodorsal thalamic nucleus in schizophrenia: Volume, neuron number and cell types. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 472, 449-462, 2004 (with Dorph-Petersen, K.A., Pierri, J.N., Sun, Z., Lewis, D.A.).
  • A calculus for design of two-stage adaptive procedures. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 100, 197-203 (2005) (with T. Koyama and L. Gleser).
  • Drop-the-losers design: Normal Case. Biometrical Journal, 47, 257-268, 2005 (with M. Sill). Rejoinder, Biometrical Journal, 47, 278-281, 2005 (with M. Sill).
  • Isotonic logistic discrimination. Biometrika, 93, 961-972, 2006 (with S. Auh).
  • Multivariate Bernoulli mixture models with application to post-mortem tissue studies in schizophrenia. Biometrics, 2007 (with Z. Sun and O. Rosen).