Curriculum Vitae
James D. Lynch
Summer 2014
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Teaching assistant, Mathematics, Spring 1970, Marquette University
Biometry trainee, 19701972 and 19731974, Florida State University
Teaching assistant, Statistics, Fall 1972 and Summer 1973, Florida State University
Research assistant, 19721973, Florida State University
Assistant Professor, 19741976, University of Nebraska
Assistant Professor, 19761984, Pennsylvania State University
Visiting Associate Professor, 19811982, University of South Carolina
Visiting Associate Professor, 19821983, Florida State University
Associate Professor, 19841985, Pennsylvania State University
Associate Professor, 198589, University of South Carolina
Professor, 1989present, University of South Carolina
Director, Center for Reliability and Quality Sciences, 19902005
Chair, 20012005
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, January 2009 to present
Research Professor, January 2009 to present
Sabbatical, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Spring 1992
Sabbatical, NISS, Fall 1998
Sabbatical, SAMSI/NISS, Spring 2006
Spring 2009, SAMSI Fellow
Fall 2010, SAMSI Fellow
DOCTORAL DEGREE
Dissertation Topic: "Contributions to rates of convergence with applications to efficiencies
of tests and estimates"
Major Professor: J. Sethuraman
Date of Completion: December 1974
AREAS OF RESEARCH
Probability, Applied Probability, Stochastic Processes,
Reliability, Industrial Problems.
Currently have interests in complex systems, reliability and industrial problems.
PERSONAL STATEMENT
I suckered someone into paying me for doing my hobby.
SOME RESEARCH PAPERS
J. Grego, S. Li, J. Lynch and J. Sethuraman (2014), "Partition Based Priors and Multiple
Event Censoring: An Analysis of Rosen's Fibrous Composite Experiment,"
Technometrics, 56, 359371.
[Title tells it all.]
Zou, J., Karr, A. F., Datta, G., Lynch, J. and Grannis, S. (2014), "A Bayesian
SpatioTemporal Approach for RealTime Detection of Disease Outbreaks: A Case Study,"
BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, Accepted.
[This is the most recent of a series of papers by these authors (with others)
on a syndormic surveillance methodology.]
S. Li and J. Lynch (2011), "On a Threshold Representation for Complex LoadSharing Systems,"
Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, 141, 28112823.
[Among other things, gives an explicit representation for Durham and Lynch (2000) for the
mixture distribution in the representation in terms of convolutions of uniforms.]
S. Li and J. Lynch (2010), "Some Elementary Ideas Concerning the Complexity of System Structure,"
NRL, 57, 626633.
[Title tells it all.]
F. Vera, D. Dickey and J. Lynch (2010), "Asymptotic distribution theory for
contamination models," Unpublished Draft.
[Studies the asymptotic distribution theory of the 2point mixture model, background versus signal.
The asymptotics are particularly diabolic when p, the probability of the signal, goes to zero.
This is related to the socalled looking for a needle in a haystack problem. In this case,
the asymptotic distribution of the LMP test/MLE has a mixed distribution (the Chernoff phenomena)
where, surprisingly, the test statistic can have an asymptotic distribution that is based on a
stable law that is not the normal distribution. (This may be enough to make one become a Bayesian
regarding the analysis of contamination models.) A draft, with some corrections, of this paper is on my webpage.]
F. Vera and J. Lynch (2007), "General Convex Stochastic Orderings and Related
MartingaleType Structures," Advances in Applied Probability, 39, 105127.
[Extends Blackwell's dilation/one stepmartingale ideas regarding comparison of experiments
having the same first moment to experiments where the first 2k1 moments are equal.]
J. Gleaton and J. Lynch. (2006), "Properties of Generalized LogLogistic Families
of Lifetime Distribution," Journal of Probability and Statistical Science, 4, 5164.
[This is related to Gleaton and Lynch (2002), below.]
J. Grego and J. Lynch (2006), "Some Mixed Gamma Representations," Journal of Applied
Probability and Statistics, 1, 3137.
[Here totally parametric mixture representations
are given for exponential order statistics and for the sample variance from normals.]
F. Vera and J. Lynch (2005), "Kmart Stochastic Modeling using Iterated Total Time
on Test Transforms," Modern Statistical and Mathematical Methods in Reliability,
Wilson et al. Editors, Series on Quality, Reliability and Engineering Statistics,
Volume 10 World Scientific, NY, 395409.
[Related to the first paper above.]
J. U. Gleaton and J. D. Lynch (2002), "On the distribution of the Breaking
Strain of a Bundle of Brittle Elastic Fibers," Advances of Applied Probability, 36, 98115.
[Uses thermodynamic  max entropy/information theoretic concepts in a fracture
setting.]
S. D. Durham and J. D. Lynch (2000), "A Threshold Representation for the
Strength Distribution of a Complex Load Sharing System," Journal of
Statistical Planning and Inference, 83, 2546.
[Shows that a complex
systems of Weibulls has a mixed distribution representation for the system strength.]
J. D. Lynch (2000), "The GaltonWatson Process Revisited: Some Martingale
Relationships and Applications," Journal of Applied Probability, 37, 17.
[Shows that the irregularity of the GW Process is equivalent to the
closability of a related martingale sequence.]
J. D. Lynch and J. Sethuraman (1999), "On the ergodicity of General State
Markov Chains," Unpublished Draft.
[Relates L1convergence of a reverse martingale
to the variational norm convergence of the chain distribution to its
equilibrium distribution. A draft of this paper is on my webpage.]
J. D. Lynch and J. Sethuraman (1989), "A Functional ErdosRenyi Law of Large Numbers"
Unpublished Draft.
[This is an analog of Strassen's functional LIL where the unit L2 ball
is the set of cluster points in the functional LIL. Here, though, the functional ER law
is not an invariance principal since the ball of cluster points in the ERlaw depends on
the large deviation rate function for the iid random variables in the ER moving averages.
A draft of this paper is on my webpage.]
ONGOING RESEARCH
Structural reliability models.
Balayages and Martingaletype Structures.
Gibbs measure/Markov random field representations and threshold/mixed distributions to model
the failure of complex systems under loads.
Updated on October 31, 2014