The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular. 
                                                      --Edward Gibbon

Yichao Wu
Associate Professor
Phone: (919) 513-7677
Department of Statistics
Office: 4274 SAS Hall
North Carolina State University

General Info

Dr. Wu received his Ph.D. in Statistics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2006. He took a postdoctoral position at Princeton University from August 2006 to July 2008 and joined North Carolina State University in August 2008. His current research interests include: Longitudinal Data Analysis, Machine Learning, Model Selection, Nonparametetric and Semiparametric Statistics.


  • Current semester (Fall 2015):
         No teaching

  • ST 370 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers:
  •       Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010

  • ST 372 - Introduction to Statistical Inference and Regression:
  •       Fall 2010, Fall 2014

  • ST 521 - Statistical Theory I:
  •       Fall 2011

  • ST 790 - Nonparametric Regression and Smoothing:
  •       Spring 2012, Fall 2013

Editorial Boards

  • Associate Editor for Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, 2013--present.
  • Associate Editor for Bernoulli Journal, 2014--present.
  • Guest Assoociate Editor for Statistica Sinica, 2014.

Selected Publications

  • Chang, J., Tang, C. Y., and Wu, Y. (2015+). Local Independence Feature Screening for Nonparametric and Semiparametric Models by Marginal Empirical Likelihood. Annals of Statistics, to appear.
  • Zhang, X., Wu, Y., Wang, L. and Li, R. (2015+). Variable Selection for Support Vector Machines in Moderately High Dimensions. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B, to appear.
  • Wu, Y. and Stefanski, L. A. (2015). Automatic structure recovery for additive models. Biometrika, 102, 381-395.
  • Yao, F., Lei, E. and Wu, Y.. (2015). Effective dimension reduction for sparse functional data. Biometrika, 102, 421-437.
  • Ke, T., Fan, J. and Wu, Y. (2015). Homogeneity Pursuit. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 110, 175-194.
  • Stefanski, L. A., Wu, Y., and White, K. (2014). Variable Selection in Nonparametric Classification via Measurement Error Model Selection Likelihoods. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 109, 574-589.
  • Zhou, H. and Wu, Y. (2014). A Generic Path Algorithm for Regularized Statistical Estimation. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 109, 686-699.
  • Chang, J., Tang, C. Y., and Wu, Y. (2013). Marginal Empirical Likelihood and Sure Independence Feature Screening. Annals of Statistics, 41, 2123-2148.
  • Müller, H.-G., Wu, Y., and Yao, F. (2013). Continuously Additive Models for Nonlinear Functional Regression. Biometrika, 100, 607-622.
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This site was updated at August 14, 2015