Stanford EE Computer Systems Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, February 8, 2006
HP Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B01

Is it a Baby or a Bathtub? and How Many Fish?
Two Case Studies in Applied Computing

Rose M. Ray
Exponent- Failure Analysis
About the talk:

Two case studies are used to illustrate the wide range of practical problems for which statistical computation is required.

Case 1: Is it a Baby or a Bathtub?i
Safety related complaints have been received about a newly marketed product. Should the product be recalled? Methodology for answering this question will be discussed.

Case 2: How Much Fish is Consumed by Anglers on the Passaic River?
A multiday survey of anglers on the Passaic River has been conducted. We are asked to estimate the amount of fish consumed by the anglers. Statisical methods for estimating the number of anglers and the amount of fish consumed are presented. Computational methods for dealing with sparce information are discussed.


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About the speaker:

Dr. Rose Ray is a Principal Scientist at Exponent-Failure Analysis Associates with extensive experience in data analysis and the application of statistical epidemiological methods to business environments. Her work covers issues related to the evaluation of passenger vehicle field performance, demographic analysis of labor markets, analysis of survey data, development of stochastic models, multivariate analysis, survival analysis, nonparametric statistics, design of experiments, and risk assessment.

Dr. Ray has an extensive background in academics, research, and consulting. She has been on staff at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Florida, and Northwestern University and has performed analyses for a variety of industrial and commercial companies.

Credentials and Professional Honors:
Ph.D., Statistics, University of California, Berkeley, 1972
B.A., Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 1965
Sigma Xi; Evelyn Fix Award for Biostatistics; American Statistical Association (member; President San Francisco Bay Chapter, 19941995); Biometric Society (member); American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (member); National Fire Protection Association (member); Society of Automotive Engineers (member)

Contact information:

Rose M. Ray
149 Commonwealth Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025