David Hunter


Dr. Hunter is professor of statistics at Penn State University, having served as head of the Department of Statistics from 2012 to 2018. He received his bachelor’s degree with honors in mathematics from Princeton University while earning his high school teaching certificate, then spent two years from 1992 to 1994 teaching math at a public high school in Hudson, New Hampshire. Following his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Michigan in 1999, he has spent his entire academic career at Penn State. Dr. Hunter is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and is best known for work in three areas: Statistical algorithms, most notably the class known as MM algorithms; statistical modeling of networks; and mixture models, particularly finite mixtures in which the component distributions are not parametrically specified.

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