Thomas Porter's CV

Thomas L. Porter

Statistics PhD candidate.

Currently

I’m a statistics PhD candidate at The University of Sydney.

Research interests

The detection of sparse mixture models has been the main focus of my PhD candidature. I am interested in the broad application of these sparse mixture models to large-scale inference problems such as multiple hypothesis testing, high dimensional (p>n) feature selection, and classification.

Teaching experience

Lecturer

I have coordinated, lectured, and developed content for a first year statistics course. This involved the creation of various assessments such as online self-marking quizzes, reports, and exams; and associated administrative duties for this role. I will also be doing so for the senior year advanced course `Applied Linear Models’ at the University of Sydney during Semester One 2017, and the statistics component of the course ‘Introduction to Epidemiology and Statistics 2’ at the University of Wollongong during Autumn term 2017.

I have also acted in the capacity as a substitute lecturer for a second year statistical testing course, whilst the primary lecturer was unavailable.

Tutor

I have performed as a tutor for different subjects across all levels in mathematics and statistics.

Employment

2017-

The University of Melbourne / (to commence in July)

The University of Sydney / Casual Lecturer

The University of Wollongong / Casual Lecturer

2014-2016 The University of Sydney / Postgraduate Teaching Fellow (teaching assistant)

Education

2013- The University of Sydney / Statistics PhD (Supervisor: Michael Stewart. Auxiliary supervisor: Samuel Mueller).

2009-12 The University of Sydney / BSc (hons) Mathematics and Statistics (First class honours)

Presentations

Talks

2016 Science: p-hacking your way to the top (2016 AMSI Three Minute Thesis Final, Canberra, Australia)

Higher Criticism: An Alternate Interpretation, with Michael Stewart (2016 Australian Statistical Conference, Canberra, Australia)

A Higher Order Criticism of Higher Criticism (17th Annual J. B. Douglas Postgraduate Awards, University of Technology Sydney, Australia)

Higher Criticism: An Alternate Interpretation, with Michael Stewart (3rd International Society for Non-parametric Statistics Conference, Avignon, France)

2015 The Generalised Likelihood Ratio Test for Sparse Heterogeneous Normal Mixtures, with Michael Stewart (9th International Conference on Multiple Comparison Procedures, Hyderabad, India)

2014 The Generalised Likelihood Ratio Test for Sparse Heterogeneous Normal Mixtures, with Michael Stewart (Robust Statistics and Extremes ANU Conference, Canberra, Australia)

The Generalised Likelihood Ratio Test for Sparse Normal Mixtures, with Michael Stewart (ASC/IMS 2014 Conference, Sydney, Australia)

Publications

submitted Porter T and Stewart M - A Higher Order Criticism of Higher Criticism

in prep. Porter T and Stewart M - The Generalised Likelihood Ratio Test for a Normal Mixture Under Misspecification

Porter T and Stewart M - A Binary Classification and Feature Selection Procedure for Sparse High-Dimensional Vectors

Technical skills

Awards and Funding

2016 Joint winner of the 2016 AMSI Three Minute Thesis competition $500

Certificate of Commendation for an outstanding presentation by a `young statistician’ in the EJG Pitman Prize awards at an Australian Statistical Conference

The University of Sydney School of Mathematics and Statistics nominated speaker for the 17th Annual J. B. Douglas Postgraduate Awards

Postgraduate Research Support Scheme Funding valued at $3000

Australian Postgraduate Award valued at $13,144

2015 Postgraduate Research Support Scheme Funding valued at $1500

Australian Postgraduate Award valued at $25,849

2014 Certificate of Merit for an outstanding presentation by a `young statistician’ in the EJG Pitman Prize awards at an Australian Statistical Conference

Australian Postgraduate Award valued at $25,392

2013

Australian Postgraduate Award valued at $24,653

References

Available on request.