Paul McNicholas

Professor and University Scholar, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University.

Director, MacDATA Institute, McMaster University.

E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow.

Canada Research Chair in Computational Statistics (Tier 1).

Member, College of the Royal Society of Canada.

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Classification.

Research focusing on computational statistics, data science and machine learning, especially mixture model-based clustering and classification.

Current research includes work on non-Gaussian mixtures, matrix variate distributions, and real problems in big data analytics.

Research group currently comprises two postdoctoral fellows, nine Ph.D. students, three Master's students, and an undergraduate researcher.

New monograph Data Science with Julia published by Chapman & Hall/CRC Press.

Research monograph Mixture Model-Based Classification published by Chapman & Hall/CRC Press.

Selected Recent Open Access publication

Georgiades, S., Tait, P.A., McNicholas, P.D., et al., ‘Trajectories of symptom severity in children with autism: Variability and turning points through the transition to school’, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. To appear. [doi

Prospective students

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Department of Mathematics & Statistics, 

McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8.

t: +1-905-525-9140, x 23419        e: mcnicholas [at] math.mcmaster [dot] ca

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