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Scholarly Interest Report
         
James R. Thompson
Professor
Noah Harding Professor of Statistics
 
e-mail:thomp@rice.edu
 
  • B.E. Engineering (1960) Vanderbilt University
  • M.A. Mathematics (1963) Princeton University
  • Ph.D. Mathematics (1965) Princeton University
 
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Statistics
  • Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology
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    Other Affiliations
     
  • MD Anderson
  • University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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    Websites
     Dr. Thompson's Webpage
     
    Research Areas
     Model Building, Quality Control, Simulation, Biometry, Nonparametric Function Estimation and Financial Statistics
     
    Teaching Areas
     Simulation, Financial Modeling and Biometry
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    James Thompson "Data Based Modeling in Challenges in Statistics and Data Mining." ed. Jan Mielniczuk and Stan Matwin, Springer Verlag: 381-399.

     
     Articles
     

    J. R. Thompson "Simulation-based estimation a case study in oncology (SIMEST) and a case study in portfolio selection(Simugram)." WIRES: 379-385.

     
     

    J.Thompson "Data Based Modeling ." Challenges in Statistics and Data MingIn Press

     
     

    J.R. Thompson "Some statistical analyses and non analyses with historical consequences." Proceedings of the 2013 Joint Statistical Meetings: 572-580.

     
     

    Thompson, J. "AIDS: the mismanagement of the epidemic in the United States."  (2012) In Revision

     
     

    J. Thompson "A Brief History of DOD Data Analysis and Statistical Modeling." in The Proceedings of the Fourteenth Army Conference on Applied Statistics (2011)

     
     

    Thompson, J. "Science and Engineering: the Last Bastions of Aristotelian Thinking at American Universities." in College and the Academic Community in the European and the American Tradition (2011) : 237-246.

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. "Forward Simulation Modeling." Wires, 2 (1) (2010) : 61-68.

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. "A Brief History of DOD Data Analysis and Statistical Modeling." The Proceedings of the Fourteenth Army Conference on Applied Statistics (2008)

     
     The Good Book: Essays in Honour of I.J. Good
     
     

    Thompson, J.R. with Williams, E.E. and Findlay III, Chapman "Institutional Aspects of the Securities Markets." The Handbook of Finance (2008) : 37-50.

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. (with Bagget, L.S., Wojciechowski, W. and Williams, E.) "Nobels for Nonsense." The Journal of Post Keynesian Economics (Fall, 2006) : 3-18.

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. and Wojciechowski, W. "Market Truths: Theory Versus Empirical Simulations." Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, 76 (2006) : 385-395.

     
     

    Bagget, L.S., Thompson, J.R., Williams, E. and Wojciechowski, W. "Exploratory Data Analysis and Portfolio Design." Exploratory Data Analysis and Portfolio Design (2005) Submitted

     
     

    Ensor, K.B., Carleton R. and Thompson, J.R. "Inspection Models for Homeland Security: Thinking Outside the Box." National Defense University White Paper (2005) In Press

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. "Simulation-Based Estimation of Stochastic Process Parameters in Tumor Growth." Comptes Bendus Biologies, 327 (2004) : 181-192.

     
     

    Thompson, J.R., Findlay, M.C. and William, E. "Why we Held our Breath When the Market Reopened." Journal of Portfolio Management (2003) : 91-100.

     
     Books
     

    James Thompson "Data, Models, Reality: Cases Studies in Empirical Model Building."  (2012) : 460pages.

     
     

    James Thompson "Data, Models, Reality: Cases Studies in Empirical Model Building." John Wiley and Sons (2011)

     
     

    James Thompson "Data, Models, Reality: Cases Studies in Empirical Model Building." : 451pgs.In Press

     
     

    Koronacki, J., Nieckula, J. and Thompson, J.R. "Techniki Zarzadzania Jakoscia: od Shewharta do Metody "Six Sigma" (Techniques for Managing Quality: From Shewhart to "Six Sigma"."  (2005) : 392.

     
     

    Tapia, R.A., and Thompson, J.R. "Nonparametric Probability Density Estimation,(with Richard A. Tapia)." The Johns Hopkins University Press (1978) : 176pgs.

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. "Empirical Model Building ." John Wiley & Sons (1989) : 242 pgs.

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. "Simulation: A Modeler's Approach." : 297.

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. and Brown, B.W. "Cancer Modeling, (with Barry W. Brown)." Marcel Dekker (1987) : 422pgs.

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. and Koronacki, J. "Statistical Process Control for Quality Improvement." Chapman & Hall (1993) : 391 pgs.

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. and Koronacki, J. "Statistical Process Control: The Deming Paradigm and Beyond." 

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. and Koronacki, J. "Statystyczne sterowanie procesem: Metoda Deminga etapowej optymalizacji jakosci. (SPC: The Deming Method of Stepwise Quality Optimization.) ." Akademicka Oficyna Wydawnicza PLFJ (1994) : 282pgs.

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. and Tapia, R.A. "Nonparametric Function Estimation, Modeling and Simulation." SIAM (1990) : 304 pgs.

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. and Williams, E.E. "The Economics of Production and Productivity: A Modeling Approach." Capital (1996) : 443pgs.

     
     

    Thompson, J.R., Williams, E. and Findlay, M.C. "Models for Investors in Real World Markets." : 372.

     
     

    Williams, E. and Thompson, J.R. "Entrepreneurship, Planning, and Productivity." : Total of 342 pages.

     
     

    Williams, E., Thompson, J.R. and Albert Napier, H. "Business Planning: 25 Keys to a Sound Business Plan." : 94.

     
     

    Jim Thompson "Empirical Model Building, Second Edition, to appear in 2011."  (2011) In Press

     
     Other
     

    Thompson, J.R. "Primum Non Nocere."  (2007)

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. and Baggett, L.S. "The MaxMedian Rule for Portfolio Design."  (2007)

     
     

    Thompson, J.R., Findlay, M.C. and Williams, E. "Why We All Held our Breath When the Market Reopened." Journal of Porfolio Management (2003/forthcoming)

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. "The Age of Tukey." Technometrics, 43 (2001) : 256-265.

     
     

    Thompson, J.R., Cohen, P. and Williams, E. "Venture Capital Funded Internet Companies Liquidity in Post Lockup Valuation." Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research (2000)

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. "Understanding the AIDS Epidemic: A Modeler's Odyssey." Applied Mathematical Modeling (2000) : 41-69.

     
     

    "Is the United States Country Zero for the First-World AIDS Epidemic?." The Journal of Theoretical Biology (2000) : 621-628.

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. and Williams, E. "A Post Keynesian Analysis of the Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model." The Journal of Post Keynesian Economics

     
     

    Thompson, J.R. "The United States AIDS Epidemic in First World Context." Advances in Mathematical Population Dynamics: Molecules, Cells and Man (1998) : 345-354.

     
     

    West, R.W. and Thompson, J.R. "Model Based Back Calculation for the HIV Epidemic." Mathematical Population Dynamics: Molecules, Cells and Man (1998) : 329-343.

     
     

    West, R.W. and Thompson, J.R. "Modeling the Impact of HIV on the Spread of Tuberculosis in the United States." Mathematical Biosciences, 143 (1998) : 35-60.

     
     

    West, R.W. and Thompson, J.R. "Models for the Simple Epidemic." Mathematical Biosciences, 141 (1998) : 29-39.

     
    Presentations
     Invited Papers
     

    "Some Things We Know That Just Aren't So." Applied Statistics Conference, Atlanta. (October 21, 2004) With Baggett, L.S., Wojciechowski, W.C.

     
     

    "Some Things We Know That Just Aren't So." Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems (CoFES), Rice University, Houston, Texas. (September 20, 2004) With Baggett, L.S., Wojciehowski, W.C.

     
     Invited Talks
     

    Speaker.  "The Destructive Power of Debt." The Third Eubank Conference, Rice University, Houston, TX. (10/18/2011)

     
     

    Colloquium Speaker.  "Data, Models and Reality: A Noisy History of Statistics." Department of Statistics, Rice University, Houston, TX. (January 25, 2010)

     
     

    "Thinking Outside the Box: Toward an Enhanced Role for Statistical Modeling in Army Decision Processes." Army Conference on Applied Statistics at the SAS Institute, (10/20/2010)

     
     

    Speaker.  "Vilfredo Pareto's Nightmare, or the Misuses of Logic in Our Financial System." Second Eubank Conference: Modeling Financial Markets in a World of Fiat Money, Rice University, Houston, TX. (October 18, 2010)

     
     

    "Mining Data and Building Models for Homeland Security." Third Symposium on the Frontiers of Statistical, Mathematical and Computational Sciences, George Washington University. (October 27, 2006)

     
     

    "Some Things Economists Know That Aren't So." Department of Economics, Polish Academy of Science. (June 2006)

     
     

    "The Little Formula That Beats The Market." National Institute of Statistical Sciences, Durham, North Carolina. (October 2006)

     
     

    "The Simugram: A Robust Measure of Market Risk." The Second Erich Lehmann Symposium, Rice University, Houston Texas. (May 19, 2004)

     
     

    "A Taxonomy of Terrorism." Army Conference, Napa Valley, CA. (October, 2003)

     
     

    "Statistics, Computer Science and Homeland Security. (Keynote Address)." Interface 2003, (2003)

     
     

    "The Trouble with Harry Markowitz." Rand Corporation, (October, 2003)

     
     

    "Potential Statistical Contributions to Homeland Security (Banquet Address)." Army Applied Statistics Conference, (2002)

     
     

    "Reflections on Homeland Security." Army Conference, Durham, North Carolina. (10/30/2002)

     
     

    "The Age of Tukey (Keynote Address)." Tukey Conference, Denver, CO. (October 2001)

     
     Other
     

    "Sampling versus Enumeration for the Census." Natl. Meetings Am. Stat. Assn, Dallas, Texas. (August 2000)

     
     

    "Data, Models and Reality (Keynote & Address)." Applied Statistics Conference, Las Cruces, N.M.. (Oct. 23, 1998)

     
     

    "Is the United States Country Zero for the European AIDS Epidemic?." Fifth International Conference on Population Dynamics, Zakopane, Poland. (June, 1998)

     
     Panelist
     

    "Panel on Future Conference." Second Eubank Conference: Modeling Financial Markets in a World of Fiat Money, Rice University, Houston, TX. (October 18, 2010)

     
     Workshops
     

    "A Data Exploration Simulation." Workshop of ARO Senior Investigators, (November, 2003)

     
    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Evan Brott, M.A. An Unconditional Test for the Single-Sample Binomial. (2003) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     John Miller, Ph.D Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship and Long-Run Performance Prediction:An Application of Data Mining. (2003) (Co-Director)

     John A. Dobelman, Ph.D Market Outperformance by Nonparametric Simugram-Based Portfolio Selection. (2004) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Ricardo Affinito, Ph.D. Detecting the Arrival and the Departure of the Bear. (2013) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Member, International Statistical Institute (1982)

     Fellow Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Institute of Mathematical Statistics (1988)

     U.S. Army Wilks Medal, U.S.Army (1991)

     ASA Donald B. Owen Award for contributions in applied statistics, Donald B. Owen ((1985) )

     Fellow American Statistical Association, American Statistical Association ((elected in 1984) )

     Why We All Held Our Breath When the Market Reopened, Emerald Management Reviews Independent Review Board (2004)

    Positions Held
     American Statistical Association Founder, Houston Chapter, Tau Beta Pi. (2005 - 2005)

     Committee Member, The American Statistical Association Committee on Defense. (2006 - 2006)

     Member, Institute of Mathematical Statistics. (2006 - 2006)

     Member, International Statistical Institute. (2006 - 2006)

     Adjunct Professor of Biostatistics, University of Texas M.D. Anderson and Tumor Institute. (2006 - 2006)

     Adjunct Professor of Biometry, University of Texas School of Public Health. (2006 - 2006)