The Statistics Research Group within the Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Statistics (RSFAS) brings together staff with a diverse range of interests and research agendas ranging from probability theory to applications of statistics. Our staff collaborate with researchers throughout the University and elsewhere, including those from the Mathematical Sciences Institute, the CSIRO, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Crawford School of Public Policy, and the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute. Many of the Group's staff have close collaborations with academics within the CBE itself, including those in the fields of Actuarial Studies, Finance, and Economics.

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Research areas

The School's excellent research facilities and active seminar series make it an ideal environment for research. This research is published in leading international journals. Staff are regular presenters and attendees of both domestic and international conferences and hold memberships of key professional and academic organisations. These include the American Statistical Society, the Statistical Society of Australia, the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, and the Royal Statistical Society. 

Main research agendas

  • Applied statistics
  • Bayesian methods
  • Biostatistics
  • Business statistics
  • Environmental statistics
  • Functional data analysis
  • Modern computer-based statistical techniques
  • Nonparametric statistics
  • Official Statistics
  • Probability theory
  • Resampling-based methods
  • Statistical theory
  • Stochastic analysis and modelling
  • Time series analysis

The research agendas of individual members of staff typically span multiple areas, and the group is responsive to the evolution of the discipline. Details of each academic's research agenda can be obtained from their respective staff webpage. These webpages also provide links to recent publications and working papers.

While research students are encouraged to pursue a thesis along the lines listed above, they are not limited to these areas. Further information is available regarding admission to the Statistics PhD program. 

Data sources

The School has access to an extensive array of financial and economic data via subscriptions to databases including, but not limited to, Compustat, CRSP, I/B/E/S, Datastream and Worldscope.  

Seminar series

The School hosts an active seminar series with regular seminars from leading international and domestic academics. In addition to the seminar series, the School holds regular Brown Bag seminars that give both Staff and Students the opportunity to solicit feedback on their current research. The Statistics group co-hosts an annual research camp that is held in December of each year.

Contact information

Further information regarding research in statistics can be obtained by contacting Prof Steven Roberts or, alternatively, via the RSFAS Office

Updated:   19 September 2018 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team