Paul McNicholas is the Canada Research Chair in Computational Statistics and a Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at McMaster University. His research focuses on computational statistics, and he is at the cutting edge of international research on mixture model-based clustering and classification. Current research includes work on non-Gaussian mixtures, big data analytics, and clustering in the presence of outlying or spurious points. He has published extensively in the field, and is an associate editor for several international statistics journals. Over the past few years, Paul has led the largest computational statistics research group in Canada. To date, he has completed the training of nine postdoctoral research fellows, a research associate, 11 Ph.D. students, and 39 Master’s students. His research group currently comprises five Ph.D. students and seven Master's students, as well as three undergraduate researchers. Paul recently spent two years as chair of the Statistics section of NSERC Evaluation Group 1508: Mathematics and Statistics and is a member of the ICT, Math and Physics panel for the Ontario Early Researcher Awards.

Paul welcomes enquiries from strong students interested in joining his group at the Master's or Ph.D. level. The best way to contact him is by email; however, while all such enquiries are appriciated, Paul may not reply to your email due to the large quantity of such email he recieves.

New book
Research monograph Mixture Model-Based Classification published by Chapman & Hall/CRC Press in August 2016. More information here.

Opinion piece in Liaison sharing Paul's perspective on the NSERC Discovery Grant review process
McNicholas, P.D. (2016), 'Turning the spit: A perspective on the NSERC Discovery Grant review process', Liaison 30(4), 45-55. [pdf]

* New open access review paper *
McNicholas, P.D. (2016), 'Model-based clustering', Journal of Classification 33(3), 331-373. [doi]

A full list of publications is given here.

Department of Mathematics & Statistics,
McMaster University,
1280 Main St. W.,
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8
t: +1-905-525-9140, x 23419