# Hemant Ishwaran

Professor, Graduate Program Director, Director of Statistical Methodology, Division of Biostatistics, University of Miami |

Random Forest Big Data Grant (article appeared in UHealth news)

Favorite current quotes:

*"Just say no to p-hacking!"
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*"We are drowning in data but starving for information"*

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*All models are wrong, but some are useful*"

## Research Interests

Big Data, Boosting, Cancer Staging, Causal Inference, Forests (Trees, Ensembles), Missing data, Nonparametric Bayes, Survival (Machine Learning), Variable Selection (Frequentist and Bayes),

## External Activities

Editor, Sankhya A, Sankhya B, 12-15

Deputy Statistical Editor, J. Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Associate Editor, JASA, Theory and Methods, 05-11

Associate Editor, Electronic Journal of Statistics, 07-13

Associate Editor, Statistics and Probability Letters, 07-10

Web Editor, Inst. of Mathematical Statistics, 03-05

## Brief Biography

PhD Statistics, Yale University, 1993

MSc Applied Statistics, Oxford University, 1988

BSc Mathematical Statistics, Univ. of Toronto, 1987

## Selected Papers [Full List]

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**O'Brien R. and Ishwaran H. (2017). A random forests quantile classifier for class imbalanced data.

Ishwaran H. and Lu M. (2017). Standard errors and confidence intervals for variable importance in random forest regression, classification, and survival.

Mantero A. and Ishwaran H. (2017). Unsupervised random forests.

Lu M., Blackstone E.H. and Ishwaran H. (2017). Treatment decision in ischemic cardiomyopathy: causal inference using random survival forests.

Lu M., Sadiq S., Feaster D.J. and Ishwaran H. (2017). Estimating individual treatment effect in observational data using random forest methods. To appear in J. Comp. Graph. Statist. [pdf] arXiv:1701.05306

Pande A., Li L. Rajeswaran J., Ehrlinger J., Kogalur U.B., Blackstone E.H and Ishwaran H. (2017). Boosted multivariate trees for longitudinal data. Machine Learning, 106(2), 277-305. [pdf]

Tang F. and Ishwaran H. (2017). Random forest missing data algorithms. Stat. Anal. Data Mining, 10, 363–377. [pdf] arXiv:1701.05305

Ishwaran H. (2015). The effect of splitting on random forests. Machine Learning, 99, 75-118. [pdf]

Ehrlinger J. and Ishwaran H. (2012). Characterizing L_{2}Boosting. Ann. Statist, 40, 1074-1101. [pdf]

Ishwaran H., Kogalur U.B., Gorodeski E.Z., Minn A.J. and Lauer M.S. (2010). High-dimensional variable selection for survival data. J. Amer. Stat. Assoc, 105, 205-217. [pdf]

Ishwaran H., Blackstone E.H., Hansen. C.A. and Rice T.W. (2009). A novel approach to cancer staging: application to esophageal cancer. Biostatistics, 10, 603-620. [pdf]

Ishwaran H., James L.F. and Zarepour M. (2009). An alternative to the m out of n bootstrap. J. Stat. Plann. Inference, 139, 788-801. [pdf]

Ishwaran H., Kogalur U.B., Blackstone E.H. and Lauer M.S. (2008). Random survival forests. Ann. Appl. Statist., 2, 841-860. [pdf]

Ishwaran H. (2007). Variable importance in binary regression trees and forests. Electronic J. Statist., 1, 519-537.

Ishwaran H. and Rao J.S. (2005). Spike and slab variable selection: frequentist and Bayesian strategies. Ann. of Stat., 33, 730-773. [pdf]

Ishwaran H. and Rao J.S. (2003). Detecting differentially expressed genes in microarrays using Bayesian model selection. J. Amer. Stat. Assoc., 98, 438-455. [pdf

Ishwaran H. and James L.F. (2003). Generalized weighted Chinese restaurant processes for species sampling mixture models. Statistica Sinica, 13, 1211-1235. pdf

Ishwaran H. and Zarepour M. (2002). Exact and approximate sum-representations for the Dirichlet process. Can. J. Statist. 30, 269-283. [pdf]

Ishwaran H. and James L.F. (2001). Gibbs sampling methods for stick-breaking priors. J. Amer. Stat. Assoc. 96, 161-173. [pdf]

Ishwaran H., James L.F. and Sun J. (2001). Bayesian model selection in finite mixtures by marginal density decompositions. J. Amer. Stat. Assoc. 96, 1316-1332. [pdf]

Ishwaran H. and Gatsonis C. (2000). A general class of hierarchical ordinal regression models with applications to correlated ROC analysis. Can. J. Statist., 28, 731-750. [pdf]

Ishwaran H. (1999). Information in semiparametric mixtures of exponential families. Ann. Statist., 27, 159-177. [pdf]

Ishwaran H. (1996). Identifiability and rates of estimation for scale parameters in location mixture models. Ann. Statist., 24, 1560-1571. [pdf]