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I never thought the first public appearance my writing would make would be on a topic that has been so personal to me over the past few months. A blog post, paper or article on a statistical method or the use and/or development of statistical software were the areas I expected to be writing about, but I think the time is right to put together this piece. So I’m a 22 year old Statistics PhD Candidate at the University of Limerick (UL).

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Awards

  • DatSci Student of the Year

    The award for Student of the Year at the inaugral DatSci awards was sponsored by Deutsche Bank. The judges searched for a top student in data science working on interesting projects, who could demonstrate leadership, inventiveness, creativity and commercial acumen.

  • RSC Best Conference Talk

    In June 2016 I was awarded Best Talk at the Research Students Conference in Probability and Statistics with my talk titled “A Markov Randoms Field Approach to the Gating of Flow Cytometry data”. As such I was invited to speak at the Royal Statistical Society’s Annual Conference in Manchester in Septmeber 2016.

  • Irish Research Council Scholarship

    I secured a scholarship from the Irish Research Council to complete my PhD in the area of statsitical analysis of flow cytometry data. The funding covers fees, travel expenses and stripend for four years.

  • University of Limerick Gold Medal

    Awarded the Gold Medal from the University of Limerick on my graduation for top performing student across the graduating year. I finished with a QCA of 3.95 out of a possible 4.0, topping a graduting year of 2634 students.

  • University of Limerick Silver Medal

    Awarded the Silver Medal from the University of Limerick on my graduation for my performance on my Co-Op placement in Accenture Analytics. An award is issued to one student from each of the four faculties, I was award the Science and Engineering Silver Medal.

  • Hamilton Award in Mathematics

    The Royal Irish Academy award the top nine mathematics third-level students annually with an award in honour of George Hamilton. In 2013, I was selected as the University of Limerick recipient of the award.

Projects

Perception of Probability

An application which questions your perception of certainity statements, collates the data, and shows all user input.

Premiership Predictor

A simple application which shows the win probabilities of two opposing premiership sides (updates will be completed before 20172018 season commences)

Response Times

Modelling the response times of elite athletics across changes in the rules governing the false-start.

Flow Cytometry

PhD project on developing a statistical toolbox for the gating of flow cytometry data.

Quantile Regression

A project using quantile regression approaches to generate non-overlapping reference ranges for Thyroid function during pregnancy.

Twitter Bot

A bot which controls the sig_stats Twitter handle on my behalf.

Selected Publications

The 100 ms ruling for false start disqualification at athletic competitions governed by the International Association of Athletics Federations has been in force since the early 1990s. Throughout this period, there have been marked changes to the rules that govern the disqualification of athletes from sprint events incorporating starts from blocks. This study analysed all available World and European Championship response-time (RT) data from 1999 to 2014 to examine effects of rule changes on competition RT at major championships. The exponentially modified Gaussian distribution was used to model RT and make comparisons relative to athletes’ sex, ruling periods and competition rounds. Revised RT thresholds of 115 ms and 119 ms were identified for men and women, respectively, indicating that the current 100 ms rule could result in some false starts not being detected in competitive athletics. The study proposes that when using existing International Association of Athletics Federations approved systems, the false start detection threshold should be increased and that men and women athletes should have different thresholds because of substantial evidence of a sex-based difference in RT in elite-standard athletes.
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Teaching

I am or have been a teaching assistant for the following courses at the University of Limerick:

  • MA4003: An introduction to Laplace Transforms, Fourier Series, and their use in solving Ordinary Differential Equations. In addition an overview of the theory and methods of Linear Algebra and the numerical processes used in solving Linear Algebra problems, and their extension to some nonlinear problems was also covered.
  • MA4004: A module which establishes an understanding of the fundamentals of probability and its relation to statistics. The course develops statistical inference through the concepts of estimation and hypothesis testing and the application of these concepts to problems from both daily life and engineering/science.
  • MA4007: A module which focuses on the theory and applications of experimental design. ANOVA, factorial designs and fractional factorial designs are discussed and their applications to design of experiments is explored.
  • MS4035: The intention of this module is to firmly establish the connections between probability theory and its role in statistical applications. Joint distributions, expectation, estimation and simulation provide the students with an overall understanding of the concept of probability.

I have also provided additional support tutoring to students of the following modules at the University of Limerick:

  • MA4004: A module which establishes an understanding of the fundamentals of probability and its relation to statistics. The course develops statistical inference through the concepts of estimation and hypothesis testing and the application of these concepts to problems from both daily life and engineering/science.
  • MA4603: A course focused on the fundamental ideas of uncertainty through probability. An introduction to the most widely used statistical distributions and applications thereof. Statistical inference is introduced through the concepts of estimation and hypothesis testing, through a modern statistical software package (e.g. MINITAB), motivated through the analysis of real data and case studies.