Bo Ning

About Me

Bo Ning is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Statistics and Data Science at Yale University. He is advised under Dr. Jessi Cisewski. He obtained his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in July, 2018 under the supervision of professors Subhashis Ghosal and Peter Bloomfield. His current research insterests are Bayesian high dimensional and nonparametric models, astrostatistcs, Bayesian dynamic time series, causal inference, and missing value analysis.

He also collaborates with other researchers including Statisticans: Dr. Sujit Ghosh and Dr. Ryan Martin. Astronomers: Dr. Alexander Wise, Dr. Angie Wolfgang, Dr. Debra Fischer, Dr. Sarah Dodson-Robinson, and Mr. Shubham Kanodia; Advertising company: the Product analysis team in Maxpoint Interactive Inc. (now, Valassis Digital).


Manuscripts/In preparation

  1. Bo Ning, Seonghyun Jeong and Subhashis Ghosal, 2019+, "Bayesian linear regression for multivariate responses under group sparsity." Under revision for Bernoulli. [arXiv]
  2. Ryan Martin and Bo Ning, 2019+, "Empirical priors and coverage of posterior credible sets in a sparse normal mean model." Under revision for Sankhya A. [arXiv]
  3. Bo Ning, Alexander Wise, Jessi Cisewski-Kehe, Sarah Dodson-Robinson, and Debra Fischer, 2019+ "Identifying Activity-sensitive Spectral Lines: A Bayesian Variable Selection Approach". Under revision for the Astronomical Journal.
  4. Bo Ning, "Bayesian sparse spiked-covariance model with continuous spike-and-slab priors". In preparation.
  5. Bo Ning, Allen Davis, and Jessi Cisewski-Kehe, "Disentangling stellar activity and planetary signals using a Bayesian approach for sparse PCA". In preparation.


  1. Bo Ning, Angie Wolfgang and Sujit Ghosh, 2018, "Predicting exoplanet masses and radii: A nonparametric approach." The Astrophysical Journal, 869:5 (16pp). [arXiv] [R code]
  2. Bo Ning, Subhashis Ghosal and Jewell Thomas, 2019, "Bayesian method for causal inference in spatially-correlated multivariate time series." Bayesian Analysis, 14: 1-28. [arXiv] [Supplemental material] [R code]
  3. Shubham Kanodia, Angie Wolfgang, Gudmundur K. Stefansson, Bo Ning, and Suvrath Mahadevan, 2019, "Mass-Radius relationship for M dwarf exoplanets: Comparing nonparametric and parametricmethods." Accepted by The Astrophysical Journal.

Academic activities

    Invited talks

  1. Center for Computational Astrophysics, Simons Foundation, New York, September 18, 2019
  2. Joint Statistical Meeting, Denver, August, 2019
  3. Data Scientist team, Jaguar Land Rover global headquarter, Coventry, United Kingdom, July 01, 2019
  4. Department of Statistics, North Carolina State University, May, 9, 2019
  5. "ASTRO Transition Workshop", SAMSI, NC, May 8-10, 2017.
  6. Maxpoint research day, Maxpoint Interactive Inc., Morrisville, NC, March, 2016
  7. Presentations

  8. O'Bayes Meeting, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, June 28-July 02, 2019
  9. 12th International Conference on Bayesian Nonparametrics, Oxford, United Kingdom, June 24-28, 2019
  10. Statistics Conference, in honor of Aad van der Vaart’s 60th Birthday, Leiden, the Netherlands, June 17–21, 2019
  11. 6th Boston Area Exoplanet Science Meeting, Harvard/Center for Astrophysics, April, 5, 2019
  12. NextGen: Data Science Day, New England Statistical Society, Yale University, October 27, 2018
  13. Exoplanet seminar, Department of Astronomy, Yale University, October 2, 2018
  14. Department Seminar, NC State University, Raleigh, Mar 15, 2018
  15. O'Bayes Meeting, Austin, Dec 10-13, 2017
  16. 3rd workshop on extreme precise radius velocities (EPRV), Penn State University, August 14-17, 2017
  17. Joint Statistical Meeting, Baltimore, August, 2017
  18. International conference on advances in interdisciplinary statistics and combinatorics, Greensboro, NC, Sep 30-Oct 2, 2016
  19. Joint Statistical Meeting, Chicago, August, 2016
  20. ICSA Applied Statistics Symposium, Jun 12-15, Atlanta, 2016
  21. Graduate Student Research Symposium, the Graduate School, NC State University, March, 2016
  22. Workshops

  23. "ASTRO: Astrophysical Population Emulation and Uncertainty Quantification: April 3-7, 2017", SAMSI, NC, April 3-7, 2017
  24. "ASTRO: Hierarchical Bayesian modeling of exoplanet populations" by invitation only, SAMSI, NC, Oct 17-28, 2016
  25. "Statistical, Mathematical and Computational Methods for Astronomy (ASTRO)", SAMSI, NC, Aug 22-26, 2016


  • Yale University Postdoctoral Scholars Travel Fund award, 2019
  • Travel support for O'Bayes conference, 2019
  • Travel grant to attend the Aad van der Vaart's 60th birthday conference, 2019
  • IMS new researcher travel award, 2019
  • ISBA travel award to attend International Conference on Bayesian Nonparametrics, 2019
  • O'Bayes meeting travel award, 2017.
  • Outstanding teaching assistant award for excellence in mentorship, University Graduate Student Association, NCSU, 2015
  • Outstanding teaching assistant award, Department of Statistics, NCSU, 2015



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