Thomas Lumley (statistician)

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Thomas Lumley is an Australian statistician who serves as the chair of biostatistics at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.[1] Lumley is also a member of the "R Core Team."[2]

He was elected as a fellow of the ASA (American Statistical Association) in 2012.[3] Lumley was also elected a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2015.[4]


Lumley received his Bachelors of Science at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia in 1991,[5] a Masters of Science in Applied Statistics at the University of Oxford in Oxford, United Kingdom in 1993,[5] and his Ph.D. in Biostatistics at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 1998.[5]


Lumley is a professor of statistics at the University of Auckland where he researches regression modelling, clinical trials, semiparametric inference, statistical computing, foundations, and genomics.[5] His statistics publications are commonly cited in the statistics and biostatistics fields. He makes contributions to R as a member of the R Core Team[2] and contributes to the StatsChat blog.[6]


  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship from 1995 to 1998[5]
  • Donovan J Thompson Award for Academic Excellence in Biostatistics in 1996[5]
  • Best Oral Presentation at Biometric Society Student Paper Competition in 1997[5]
  • Gertrude Cox Award for contributions to Statistical Practice in 2008[5]
  • Elected as an ASA Fellow in 2012[3]
  • Elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2015[4]

Notable works[edit]

Some of Lumley's notable publications from 2019 include:

  • Estimating prediction error for complex samples[7]
  • Computational Statistics & Data Analysis[8]
  • Fast Generalized Linear Models by Database Sampling and One-Step Polishing[9]


  1. ^ Levine, Marisa Taylor, Dan (18 September 2020). "Pfizer vaccine trial bets on early win against coronavirus, documents show". Reuters. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b "R: Contributors". Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b "ASA Fellows List". Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b "View our current Fellows". Royal Society Te Apārangi. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Thomas Lumley: CV". Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Stats Chat". 5 April 2021. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  7. ^ Holbrook, Andrew; Lumley, Thomas; Gillen, Daniel (2020). "Estimating prediction error for complex samples". Canadian Journal of Statistics. 48 (2): 204–221. arXiv:1711.04877. doi:10.1002/cjs.11527. ISSN 1708-945X.
  8. ^ Chen, Tong; Lumley, Thomas (1 November 2019). "Numerical evaluation of methods approximating the distribution of a large quadratic form in normal variables". Computational Statistics & Data Analysis. 139: 75–81. doi:10.1016/j.csda.2019.05.002. ISSN 0167-9473.
  9. ^ Lumley, Thomas (2 October 2019). "Fast Generalized Linear Models by Database Sampling and One-Step Polishing". Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics. 28 (4): 1007–1010. doi:10.1080/10618600.2019.1610312. ISSN 1061-8600.