Yan Xing


“There must always be a certain class of thinkers, who will want to know how things in general, or in particular, are going. Facts are no facts for them unless figures show the certificates.” (New York Times, 1853) These words come from the patrons of statistics a long time ago. In our days, the world is becoming more quantitative than ever before, from social life to natural sciences, and from government to business. Statistics is a powerful tool to make the world more accurate and predictable. In my opinion, a statistical world offers me a way to abstract the essentials and the rules.

My passion for statistics is deeply rooted from my previous academic experiences. I received a M.S. degree in Biophysics and Cellular Biology from the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which is one of the top three biological research institutes in China. I had been working on projects studying calcium release receptors in embryonic cardiomyocytes using biophysical, cellular and molecular approaches. For the biophysical experiments, all the calcium release images acquired had been imported into Matlab and being programmed into numbers which carry dynamic information. After quantification, I performed data analysis. Finally, I discovered the calcium release dynamics and the associated gene expression patterns in embryonic heart cells. Without statistics and programming, the data I acquired and the endeavor I pursued become meaningless and unexplained. Using the statistical methods and programming to analyze data is a precondition at drawing trustworthy and useful scientific conclusions. I was deeply intrigued by the fantastic statistical world exhibited in front of me.

In 2008 I came to US with my husband and then pursed my M.S. degree in statistics at WSU.

Having two graduate degrees shows how diverse my abilities are and my strong work ethic. On one hand, four years academic and graduate training in Biology honed me as an independent and initiative researcher and problem-solver. I am more determined and persistent when I meet challenge. On the other hand, I systemically learned the theory and application courses in statistics such as statistical theory, simulation method, regression analysis, multivariate and time series analysis, statistical computing, the theories and applications of linear models etc. In order to further my study in statistics, I applied the PHD program in Applied Math (Statistics option) at WSU. By persistent and hardworking in study math related classes, I successfully passed the graduate qualify exam as a graduate student whose under graduate degree is not math at WSU and get my PHD on the track! Ever since then, I have been attracted by the beauty of logic and reasoning of math/stat. Comparing with biological study, Math/Statistics is highly organized, logical and deterministic. I like the feeling of certainty for each step which is build up with logical reasoning it gives me a lot more fun and challenging than biology.

Now I am working with my advisor Prof. Haijun Li to study high dimension vine copula. My research topics is “Statistical Learning in Vine Copula”. And I like this topics and it is very interesting and challenging.

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