I am a Professor of Statistical Science at Duke University and have served as Chair of the Department of Statistical Science at Duke since 2013. I received my PhD in 1993 from the University of Minnesota and joined the faculty at the Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences (now the Department of Statistical Sciences) at Duke University in the fall of 1993. I am a past President of the International Society of Bayesian Analysis (ISBA), and an elected Fellow of ISBA and the American Statistical Association. I received the Zellner Medal from ISBA in 2016. My research focuses on Bayesian solutions to the related problems of feature/variable selection, model selection and prediction using an ensemble of models to account for model uncertainty using Bayesian Model Averaging, with an emphasis on prior choice and computation.

I have developed several R packages to support research in BMA, including BAS , Bayesian Adaptive Sampling for Bayesian Model Averaging. My work is inspired by applications in environmental health, chemistry, genomics, neuroscience and astronomy, among others.

In my free time, I enjoy time with my family, sailing , puttering in the garden, growing orchids, photography, and exploring the Durham food scene and cooking!

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  • Zenodo supports DOI versioning!

    The latest version of BAS (v1.4.9) to support the final version of the “Mixtures of g-priors for Generalized Linear Modeld” paper version has bee released on Zenodo.org. The DOI:10.5281/zenodo.595639 links to all versions of the package in addition to the current release, while the current release is DOI:10.5281/zenodo.1212636

  • Merlise Clyde Selected for Geisser Distinguished Lecture Series

    Merlise Clyde was selected as the 2017 Geisser Distinguished Lecturer presented at the University of Minnesota, School of Statistics. The Seymour Geisser Distinguished Lectures were established by the School of Statistics in memory of Seymour Geisser, Director of the School for 30 years (1971-2001). Each academic year a leading statistician...

  • Merlise Clyde Selected Speaker for the 11th Annual Distinguished Professor S. James Press Endowed Lecture

    Merlise Clyde was selected as the Eleventh Annual Distinguished Professor S. James Press Endowed Lecturer at the University of California, Riverside. S. James Press Distinguished Lecture

  • Mixture of g-priors for Generalized Linear Models

    A new revision of the paper with Yingbo Li on Mixtures of g-priors in Generalized Linear Models is now available Li, Yingbo and Clyde, Merlise A. 2016. Mixtures of g-priors in Generalized Linear Models Abstract Mixtures of Zellner’s -priors have been studied extensively in linear models and have been shown...

  • BAS Version 1.4.1 Released

    BAS version 1.4.1 is now on CRAN - major updates include automatic handling of NA’s in data frames and the addition of the subset option as with lm. Other additions include test based Bayes factors for bas.glm. DOI for the stable package release is <DOI:10.5281/zenodo.154457>. Updates from NEWS for BAS...