Christopher Hans

Christopher Hans

Christopher Hans

Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Studies and Administration, Department of Statistics

(614) 292-7157

428D Cockins Hall
1958 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1247

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Areas of Expertise

  • Bayesian statistics
  • Computational statistics


  • Ph.D., Statistics and Decision Sciences, Duke University, 2005
  • M.S., Statistics and Decision Sciences, Duke University, 2003
  • A.B., Statistics, Harvard University, 2001

Founding Co-Director, Data Analytics Major


Courses Instructed:

  • STAT 3301
  • Data Analytics Capstone

Research Areas:

My main area of research interest is the development of Bayesian methodology for the analysis of modern, complex datasets. I am particularly interested in the development of computational methods to address these problems. Particular areas of interest include Markov chain Monte Carlo methods as well as the use of parallel computing in statistics.

Specific methodological research areas include the problems of variable selection and model uncertainty in contexts of regression, prediction and complex multivariate modeling with many variables. A key element of this research is the development of stochastic search and MCMC methods for exploring large model spaces. Recent focus has been on the development of new classes of prior distributions for regression problems that provide connections to penalized optimization procedures.