Applied Statistics

News Archiv

Here are some old news feeds that we have used before moving fully to twitter. We now inform via @ReinhardFurrer, @HugDorothea, @GillesKratzer, @fluryro and @JakobDambon.

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!


Welcome Dorothea Hug Peter


We have a new group member: Dorothea Hug Peter will start her Postdoc position on May 1, 2018. Welcome!

Science Info Day 2018


Thanks to all participants and helpers.

Welcome Roman Flury


We have a new group member: Roman Flury will start his PhD on February 1, 2018. Welcome!

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!


Two new articles accepted and in press


C. Wang et al
Generalized Spatial Fusion Model Framework for Joint Analysis of Point and Areal Data
for the SNC group (2017)
Spatial Statistics, accepted and in press

A. Alegria Jimenez et al
Asymmetric Matrix-Valued Covariances for Multivariate Random Fields on Spheres
Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, accepted and in press

Welcome Jakob Dambon


We have a new group member: Jakob Dambon will start his PhD in November 2017. Welcome!

Welcome Samuel Noll


We have a new group member: Welcome Samuel Noll!

Manuscript submitted


International multi-team effort lead to a relevant manuscript: Code repository follows soon.

Welcome Leila Schuh


We have a new group member: Leila Schuh will start as a PhD on October 1, 2017. Welcome!

Successful `Scientifica`


Thanks to all the visitors vistiting our booth and everyone at the booth working hard this weekend. UZH News report and a suboptimal image of our booth.

Scientifica 2017


Scientifica 2017:

Wie Daten mit den richtigen Werkzeugen mehr verraten link

Was verrät mir (m)eine Stichprobe? link

Position at the post-doctoral or higher level


There is a new position at the post-doctoral or higher level available.
Please see

New releases spam


The packages 'spam 2.1' and 'spam64 2.1' have been released on CRAN

The package 'spam64' exploits the enhancements of 'dotCall64's R Foreign Function Interface
and allows now a true 64bit implementation of 'spam'.

BBQ 2017


4th Epi-Biostat potluck-BBQ on Friday June 2, 2017

Certificates awarded


A bunch of proud recipients:

(image taken from Mike S. Schäfer's tweet.

Article published


Article just published: M. Pittavino, A. Dreyfus, C. Heuer, J. Benschop, P. Wilson, J. Collins-Emerson,
P.R. Torgerson, R. Furrer: Comparison between Generalized Linear Modelling and Additive Bayesian
Network; Identification of Factors associated with the Incidence of Antibodies against Leptospira
interrogans sv Pomona in Meat Workers in New Zealand
in Acta Tropica

Good-bye Mattia Molinaro


Mattia Molinaro has left our group. A great big "thanks" and our best wishes for the future!

Group picture - Minisymposium 2017


Minisymposium on April 6, 2017


On April 6, 2017 there will be a Minisymposium with several talks related to Biostatistics projects
of the Applied Statistics group.

All are warmly welcome to attend the Minisymposium.

For more information please see here.

Science Info Day 2017


Thanks to all participants and helpers. Let's continue to spread the word about our great programs.

Significant Group


We have a record high number of 11 Master students in our group, working on exciting and
stimulating projects.

To all interested in a MSc Thesis in our group: contact us early.

Welcome Zofia Baranczuk


We have a new group member: Zofia Baranczuk will start as a Postdoc on March 1, 2017. Welcome!

New Biostat video


New articles in press


There are two new articles in press:

Craig Wang, Paul R. Torgerson, Johan Höglund, Reinhard Furrer:
Zero-inflated hierarchical models for faecal egg counts to assess anthelmintic efficacy

Florian Gerber, Kaspar Mösinger, Reinhard Furrer:
Extending R Packages to Support 64-bit Compiled Code: An Illustration with spam64
and GIMMS NDVI_{3g} Data

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!


STA111 Stochastic Modeling - random walks


Live experiment in our lecture about random walks in STA111 Stochastic Modeling - for a real look
please see also link

Join the Biostatistics Master program on Facebook


Biostatistics Master program on Facebook

The package "dotCall64" has been released on CRAN


The package "dotCall64" enhances the R Foreign Function Interface by supporting long vectors. This is another first step towards true 64bit implementations of "spam".

R packages


The group provides valuable and widely used R packages, as illustrated by the following figure

Welcome Gilles Kratzer


We have a new group member: Gilles Kratzer will start as a PhD on September 1, 2016. Welcome!

Welcome Craig Wang


We have a new group member: Craig Wang will start as a PhD on July 1, 2016. Welcome!

Prof. Dr. Emilio Porcu - STA651 Spatial Statistics


Emilio Porcu while lecturing the special tops class STA651 Spatial Statistics

BBQ 2016


3rd Epi-Biostat potluck-BBQ on Friday, May 27th 2016 - more photos

Article published


Article just published: Reinhard Furrer, François Bachoc and Juan Du Journal of Multivariate Analysis

Welcome Gian Marco Palamara


We have a new group member: Gian Marco Palamara started as a Post-Doc on May 1, 2016. Welcome!



Have look at the science-blog about p-values by Servan Grueninger
in response to ASA's statement on p-values

Congratulations to Marta Pittavino on her PhD defence!


We are proud and happy! Today, Marta successfully gave her PhD defence! Congratulations!

Just published


Just published:

Bachoc, F. and Furrer, R.
On the smallest eigenvalues of covariance matrices of multivariate spatial processes
STAT, 5(1), 102 - 107(2016)

Good-bye David Masson!


David Masson has left our group in January 2016. A great big "thanks" and our best wishes for the future!

Congratulations on your new job at CelsiusPro!!!!!

Good-bye Marta Pittavino!


Marta Pittavino has left our group in December 2015. She now works for the
International Agency for Research on Cancer, Nutrition and Metabolism Section
in Lyon. A great big "thanks" and all the best for her future.

International Agency for Research and Cancer, World Health Organisation

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!


Successful panel discussion


Within the World Statistics Day celebration

World statistics day


Thanks to all that contributed...

spam 1.2-1 has been released


spam 1.2-1 has been released. We are working hard on the implementation of
many new and crazy ideas! Stay tuned.

Steve Geinitz comments on his studies here in Zurich


Steve Geinitz - a former group member - comments on his studies here in Zurich link

Multivariate tapering


"Asymptotic properties of multivariate tapering for estimation and prediction" is
available on arXiv

Just published...


Just published: Baggiolini et al (doi:10.1016/j.stem.2015.02.017)
...and as M. Bronner puts it: "Confetti Clarifies Controversy:
Neural Crest Stem Cells Are Multipotent" (doi:10.1016/j.stem.2015.02.016)

Specialized Master Programs at the Faculty of Science


Thanks to all who participated and helped us to make it happen:
the student information event on January 26, 2015! poster

Superhéroes in Chile


Superhéroes in Chile

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!


Good-bye Julia Braun!


Julia Braun will leave our group in the end of December 2014. A great big "thanks" to her and all the best for her future.

Talk! Reinhard Furrer will give a talk on December 5, 2014


Reinhard Furrer will give a talk this Friday on
December 5, 2014 from 10:00 - 11:00 in Y11 F06

All are welcome!

Talk! Prof. Dr. Fadoua Balabdaoui! November 12, 2014!


Prof. Dr. Fadoua Balabdaoui will give a talk this Wednesday
November 12, 2014 from 14.00 - 15.00 in Y44 H05

All are welcome!

Talk! Dr. François Bachoc! November 6, 2014!


During his visit Dr. François Bachoc (Department of Statistics and
Operations Research, University of Vienna) will give a talk on
November 6, 2014 at 10.00 in Y22 G74 - Dozentenfoyer.

All are welcome!

Welcome Clément Chevalier


We have a new group member: Clément Chevalier will start as a Post-Doc on October 1, 2014. Welcome!

Master thesis topic has been posted


Master thesis topic has been posted. For more details please see link

If interested, please contact

Statistics Bureau of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China


Reinhard Furrer officially welcomed on August 29 six delegates of the
Statistics Bureau of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.

The visit was to inform the delegation about the (statistical) research
in Climate science at the UZH (and Switzerland in general) as well as
the statistical education and training at the UZH.

Congratulations to Lukas Bütikofer and Isaac Gravestock!


Congratulations: Lukas Bütikofer and Isaac Gravestock received their diplomas on May 23, 2014!

Welcome David Masson!


We have a new group member: David Masson will start as a Post-Doc on May 1, 2014. Welcome!

Just appearead....


Just appeared: Torgerson, Paul and Furrer (2014). Evaluating faecal egg count
reduction using a specifically designed package "eggCounts" in R and a user
friendly web interface.

Here is the link

Science Info Day 2014


Science Info Day 2014 for pupils, parents and teachers

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - from 13:00 until 18:45 Uhr

Campus Irchel of the Universität Zürich
Winterthurerstr. 190, 8057 Zürich

with biostatistics stand!!

Informal 'Introduction to R' workshop


Informal 'Introduction to R' workshop
12. 2. 9-16 and 13. 2. 13-16
Some slots still available

if interested, please contact

Seminar on January 9, 2014 - Dr. Clément Chevalier, Universität Bern


Dr. Clément Chevalier
Universität Bern, Inst. für math. Statistik und Versicherungslehre

Fast sequential evaluation strategies using Gaussian process models link

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!


Seminar for statistics - Prof. Dr. Mikyoung Jun


Prof. Dr. Mikyoung Jun
Texas A & M University, College Station, TX

Matérn-based nonstationary cross-covariance models for global processes

Freitag, 6.12.2013 - 15:15-16:00
ETH Zürich Zentrum - HG G19.1


Lunchveranstaltung on 6.11.2013 at 12:30-13:30 - Reinhard Furrer


Reinhard Furrer is talking at the "Lunchveranstaltungen" within the IT continuing education
fall semester program which focus on the international year of statistics. The title of his
talk is "Using 'R' to statistically solve an engineering problem".


MNF Graduation Ceremony


The MNF graduation ceremony will take place on Friday October 11, 2013 at 5 p.m.
in lecture room 45 on the Irchel campus.

We are happy to congratulate

Steven Richard Geinitz - PhD
Daniel Kristopher Heersink - PhD
Florian Gerber - MSc

Our fairy picks a winner!


Congratulations to Bettina Stäubli for a book        

Welcome Marta Pittavino!


We welcome Marta Pittavino in our group. She started
on August 1, 2013 and works as a PhD. Welcome!

Welcome Florian Gerber!


Florian Gerber has sucessfully finished his Master theses and will start as of
August 1, 2013 as a PhD in our work group. Welcome!

Welcome Julia Braun!


Julia Braun-Grübel startet her job as a Post-Doc on July 1, 2013. Welcome!

May 31, 2013 - PhD talk Steven Geinitz


On May 31, 2013 Steven Geinitz will give his PhD talk
Time: 16:00 - 17:00
Place: Y27H12
Title: Hierarchical Bayesian ANOVA for Multivariate and Spatial Data with Application to Climate Projection.

Press release: "Global vegetation changes"


"A look at the world explains 90 percent of changes in vegetation" link

March 26, 2013 - PhD defense talk Daniel Heersink


On March 26, 2013 Daniel Heersink will give his PhD defense talk
Time: 16.00 - 17.00
Place: Y27H28
Title: Sequential Estimation and Analysis of Roller Measurement Values

Webinterace for the eggCounts package


Important functions from the R package eggCounts are now also accessible via a simple web interface: eggCounts.

2013 is the International Year of Statistics!


Learn more and spread the word at

Goodbye and Welcome


Michaela Paul left our team. A big thanks to her and all the best for her future.
Mattia Molinaro joint our team as a new PhD student.

Canceled: Intermediate presentation of Master thesis


of Bledar Baholli (in _German_) 6. 12. 16:15 Y27H28

Open PhD position


in spatial statistics.(position filled).

Master exam


Stefan Purtschert gives his master thesis talk 20.09.12, 16:15 in Y27H28.

The minor ...


... in applied probability and statistics is found on the VVZ see here.

'Stat', a new journal


A new statistical journal has been launched! See Wiley's Stat page.         thumbnail

University Research Priority Programs - URPP as of 2013


URPP as of 2013

Dr. Thomas Gsponer - Talk in the Research Seminar in Applied Statistics


Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 16.15-17.45 - Y27H46
Dr. Thomas Gsponer, Universität Bern
"A Bayesian view on causal inference"

Research Seminar in Applied Statistics

Ohne uns wäre vieles für die Katz


The Master Program in the Biostatistics is featured in the online news of the University of Zurich: "Ohne uns wäre vieles für die Katz" ... more

Workshop 02/2011


Bayesian Inference for Latent Gaussian Models with Applications - 02.02.2011-05.02.2011