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 astrostatistcs, methodoglogies and theoretical studies on Bayesian high dimensional models and nonparametric models. He also interested in Bayesian dynamic time series and Bayesian causal inference.

Besides his advisors, he also collaborates with other researchers including Statisticans: Dr. Sujit Ghosh and Dr. Ryan Martin; an Astronomer: Dr. Angie Wolfgang; the Product analysis team in Maxpoint Interactive Inc.


Manuscripts/In preparation

  1. Bo Ning 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." Submitted. [arXiv]
  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." Submitted to The Astrophysical Journal.
  4. Bo Ning and Matthias Löffler. "The variational Bayes method for sparse PCA model". In preparation.
  5. Bo Ning, Alexander Wise, Jessica Cisewski, Sarah Dodson-Robinson, and Debra Fischer. "A Bayesian approach to identifying activity-sensitive spectral lines". 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, 2018, "Bayesian method for causal inference in spatially-correlated multivariate time series." Bayesian Analysis (to appear). [arXiv] [Supplemental material] [R code]

Working paper

  1. Bo Ning and Peter Bloomfield, 2017, “Bayesian inference for generalized extreme value distribution with Gaussian copula dependence.” Working paper. [arXiv]

Academic activities

    Invited talks

  1. Joint Statistical Meeting, Denver, August, 2019
  2. "ASTRO Transition Workshop", SAMSI, NC, May 8-10, 2017.
  3. Maxpoint research day, Maxpoint Interactive Inc., Morrisville, NC, March, 2016
  4. Presentations and poster

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

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



Teaching portfolio

Trainings and awards

  • ISBA travel award for attending International Conference on Bayesian Nonparametrics, 2019
  • O'Bayes meeting travel award, O'Bayes 2017 Meeting, Austin, Dec 10-13, 2017.
  • Certificate of accomplishment in teaching (CoAT), the Graduate School, NCSU, 2016
  • Outstanding teaching assistant award for excellence in mentorship, University Graduate Student Association, NCSU, 2015
  • Outstanding teaching assistant award, Department of Statistics, NCSU, 2015
  • Graduate student summer teaching institute, NCSU, June 9-11, 2014


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Department of Statistics and Data Science
Yale University
New Haven, CT 06511