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Prof. Jan Hannig receives NSF grant

June 22, 2022
NSF grant to Hannig

Prof. Jan Hannig received an NSF grant. Read the description of the award below.

Collaborative Research: Emerging Variants of Generalized Fiducial Inference
Fiducial inference is an alternative framework to making statistical inference that opens doors to solve many important and challenging statistical problems that has shown to be useful in many difficult applications in different fields of science and industry. The project aims at exploring the evolution of the fiducial argument as a response to modern data science problems and techniques. Results of this research will expand our understanding of the foundations of statistics and data science. A particular interest will be paid to applications of the proposed ideas in forensic science, genomics, differential privacy, and spatial statistics. Graduate students, including underrepresented minorities will receive training through research involvement in the project.

Having given due consideration to areas of statistical inference where the fiducial approach is expected to lead to new and useful results, the project will conduct research in the following directions: (1) Since the analytic calculation of fiducial distributions for many practical problems is not feasible, the project will develop easy-to-implement algorithms to sample from generalized fiducial distributions. These algorithms will significantly improve the practical applicability of generalized fiducial inference (GFI) and serve as a starting point for developing new techniques for the theoretical study of GFI. (2) The project will undertake an in-depth investigation of fundamental issues of GFI so that it can be applied on manifolds. (3) The project will lay the groundwork to make GFI applicable to non-parametric problems. The flexibility of non-parametric models will provide a challenge to GFI that will have to be overcome by introducing additional constraints. (4) As an important application, the project will develop post-hoc calibration of the strength of evidence in forensic science.