John Nolan


PhD., University of Virginia

Research interests: Probability Theory, Extreme Value Theory, Mathematical Finance, Signal Processing, Computational Statistics, Stochastic Processes, Analysis, 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.

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
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
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