Biographical Sketch for Pi-Erh Lin

  • Ph.D., Mathematical Statistics, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1968
  • B.Sc., Mathematics, Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, 1961

    Membership of Professional Society

  • Elected member, International Statistical Institute,
  • Lifetime member, International Chinese Statistical Association

    Research Interests

  • Multivariate Statistical Analysis
  • Estimation of a Multivariate Density Function and its Applications
  • Empirical Bayes Methods
  • Nonparametric Regression Methods
  • Measure of Association Between Vectors
  • Statistical Analysis of Chemistry Laboratory Data

    Professional Experience

  • Statistical Consultant, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, Summer 1967
  • Statistical Consultant, Columbia University Medical Center, 1967 - 1968
  • Assistant Professor, Florida State University, 1968 - 1974
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Florida A&M University, Spring, 1971
  • Associate Professor, Florida State University, 1974 - 1981
  • Visiting Professor, National Central University, Chung-Li, Taiwan, September 1976 - June 1977
  • Professor, Florida State University, 1981 - August 2003
  • Statistical Consultant, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, May 1990 (Invited by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences)
  • Statistical Consultant, Florida Department of Transportation (Traffic Engineering), April - August 1996 and May 2002 - August 2003
  • Statistical Consultant, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, May 1998 - August 2002
  • Retired, September 2003

    Admisitrative Duties

  • Associate Chairman, Department of Statistics, August 2001 - August 2003
  • Senator, FSU Faculty Senate, August 2001 - August 2003
  • Director, Graduate Program in Statistics, August 1998 - August 2003
  • Advisor, Undergraduate Statistics Majors, August 1977 - August 2003

    Special Honors - The Lin Fellowship
    The Lin Fellowship was created in 2003 by Michael Sill (FSU Chemistry 1993) in honor of my devotion to undergraduate teaching and mentoring at FSU. It is a summer internship in statistics that carries a $2,500 award and is intended for non-statistics majors. The Lin Fellowship is the only undergraduate internship program offered by the Department of Statistics at FSU.

    Selected Publications
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    Service to Statistical Profession

  • Reviewer, Mathematical Reviews, January 1975 - May 1986
  • Associate Editor, Annals of Statistics,May 1975 - June 1977
  • International Editorial Board Member, Communications in Statistics, 1983-1991
  • Associate Editor, Communications in Statistics, 1992 - 2001
  • Served in Constitution Review Committee, Nominations Committee, and Awards Committee of the International Chinese Statistical Association for many years since 1992.

    Personal Statement
    It has been said "Mathematics is the mother of all Sciences." I would amend it to say "and Statistics is the father!" Indeed, any scientific research depends on mathematics to carry out all of its computations to reach a conclusion. But does the conclusion make sense? Does it conflict with the researcher's knowledge on the subject? We, as statistics practitioners and statistics consumers, also depend heavily on the use of mathematics. However, we do not stop at the conclusion of the computation. We must proceed to review the entire sampling process. We must also evaluate the validity of the assumed statistical model. Make a data transformation, if necessary, to arrive at a better model. Only after a good statistical model is sought and found, would an interpretation of the final results be useful and meaningful.
    Statistics is a powerful scientific tool. With proper use, it can greatly assist researchers in analyzing complicated data sets and drawing meaningful conclusions.


  • Card Games: Playing Bridge Games Socially
  • Photography: Taking Still Photos and Shooting Videos
  • Sports: Playing tennis with the USTA Super Senior's league at the 4.0 level, doubles only

  • Updated August 18, 2003.