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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Han Yu

Dr. Han Yu



1657 Garrett-Strong



Joined Northwest in 2009

Assistant Professor


Course Taught

Current Courses

  • General Statistics I
  • El Stat Concepts
  • Probability and Statistics

Previous Courses Taught at The University of Toledo, OH

  • Applications of Statistics I and II (graduate level, two-semester course)
  • Statistical Computing (graduate level, one-semester course)
  • Linear Statistical Models (graduate level, one-semester course)
  • Statistical Methods I and II (advanced undergraduate level, two-semester course)
  • Introduction to Statistics (undergraduate, one-semester course)
  • Statistical Research Seminar (For PhD students. every semester)

Academic Interests

  • Bayesian Nonparametric and Semiparametric (smoothing) Models:  Generalized Additive Mixed Models (GAMM), Generalized Linear Mixed Models (GLMM), Bayesian Generalized Hierarchical Linear Models (GHLM) for Longitudinal, Spatial, Event History Data with Missing and Censored Data;
  • Statistical Computing:  Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) and Bootstrap;
  • Asymptotic Statistics:  Empirical Processes, Penalized Maximum Likelihood, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Large Deviation Theory and Minimax Theory in Nonparametric Inference.

Scholarly Activity

Presentations at an international/national meeting

  • Han Yu and Shanhe Jiang (2012)  Bayesian Semiparametric Spatio –Temporal Analysis with Application in Criminal Data. American Society of Criminology (ASC) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. 
  • Han Yu and Kai-Sheng Song (2012)  Generalized Likelihood Ratio Tests for Nonparametric Alternatives. Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), San Diego, CA.
  • Han Yu, Shanhe Jiang and Kenneth C. Land (2010)  The Effects of Collinearity on Hierarchical Models. American Society of Criminology (ASC) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Shanhe Jiang and Han Yu (2010)  The Effects of Formal and Informal Controls on Violence, Drug Use and Public Disorder: A Joint Multi-Response Nonlinear Model. American Statistical Association (ASA)/Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), Washington D. C.
  • Shanhe Jiang and Han Yu (2010)  Predictors of Violence, Drug Use and Public Disorder: A Joint Nonlinear Model. The Academic of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) 2010 Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.


  • Shanhe Jiang (PI) and Han Yu (Co-PI) (July 2009 – August 2010)  The ASA/BJS Small Grants Research Program for Analysis of Crime and Justice Data. Awarded by American Statistics Association/Bureau of Justice Statistics.
  • Han Yu (PI) (November 2009 – December 2012)  Faculty Research Grant, Northwest Missouri State University.

Other Professional Experiences

  • Member, American Statistical Association 
  • Member, Association of Chinese Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Member, Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)


Professional Software Used

  • SAS
  • R
  • WinBUGS
  • Latex
  • Xelatex
  • Sweave