The Applied Statistics Centre was formed in 1990 to provide a service to UNB faculty and graduate students and to external agencies. The ASC assists with data analysis, experimental design and other uses of statistical methods. Statisticians are of most help at the planning stages of a survey or experiment, when they can suggest how to collect the most useful data given available resources.
Current faculty research
Departmental research in statistics emphasizes the use of statistical methods in practical applications. Faculty research is concentrated on random effects models, mixture models, longitudinal analysis, and the validation of complex models for random patterns.
There are at present four faculty in this area (Tariq Hasan, Renjun Ma, Jeff Picka, and Guohua Yan), and several graduate students. Their research is concentrated on random effects models, mixture models, longitudinal analysis, and the validation of complex models for random patterns. These methods have been used to predict the spawning time of sturgeon in the Saint John River, to describe the relationship between emergency room visits and pollution levels, to develop methods for assessing tree height from the ground, and to investigate health outcomes resulting from childhood obesity.