John Nolan


PhD., University of Virginia

Research interests: Probability Theory, Stable Distributions, Extreme Value Theory, Computational Statistics, Computational Geometry, Numerical Analysis, Stochastic Processes, Analysis, Mathematical Finance, Signal Processing, Statistical Genetics

Stable density surface and level curves.

These graphs are from numerical calculation of a two dimensional stable density. In this example, the index of stability is α=1.3 and the spectral measure has three point masses of mass 1 at (1/2,√3/2), (-1,0), and (1/2,-√3/2)


Assignments, syllabi and grades for recent and current courses are posted on AUs Blackboard server.

Research and Personal Links

Software and papers on stable distributions

List of publications

Open source R packages on CRAN

Math for America DC

Disappearing disk space under Windows

American University Math/Stat Department

Maryland-DC-Virginia Section of the Mathematics Association of America Homepage

Visual Fortan, DLL, S-Plus

Producing animated graphics (GIFs) in Mathematica

Producing web pages with graphs from R

Applications of Heavy Tailed Distributions in Economics, Engineering and Statistics Conference. 3-5 June 1999.

Papers on statistical genetics

Math humor

Information on jobs in mathematics and statistics

The Nolan clan

John P. Nolan
Math/Stat Department
American University
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