Curriculum Vitae
James D. Lynch

Summer 2014



Dissertation Topic: "Contributions to rates of convergence with applications to efficiencies of tests and estimates"
Major Professor: J. Sethuraman
Date of Completion: December 1974


  • Probability, Applied Probability, Stochastic Processes, Reliability, Industrial Problems.
  • Currently have interests in complex systems, reliability and industrial problems.


  • I suckered someone into paying me for doing my hobby.


  • 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, 359-371.
    [Title tells it all.]
  • Zou, J., Karr, A. F., Datta, G., Lynch, J. and Grannis, S. (2014), "A Bayesian Spatio-Temporal Approach for Real-Time 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 Load-Sharing Systems," Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, 141, 2811-2823.
    [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, 626-633.
    [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  • F. Vera, D. Dickey and J. Lynch (2010), "Asymptotic distribution theory for contamination models," Unpublished Draft.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 2-point 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 so-called 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 Martingale-Type Structures," Advances in Applied Probability, 39, 105-127.
    [Extends Blackwell's dilation/one step-martingale ideas regarding comparison of experiments having the same first moment to experiments where the first 2k-1 moments are equal.]
  • J. Gleaton and J. Lynch. (2006), "Properties of Generalized Log-Logistic Families of Lifetime Distribution," Journal of Probability and Statistical Science, 4, 51-64.
    [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, 31-37.
    [Here totally parametric mixture representations are given for exponential order statistics and for the sample variance from normals.]
  • F. Vera and J. Lynch (2005), "K-mart 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, 395-409.
    [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, 98-115.
    [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, 25-46.
    [Shows that a complex systems of Weibulls has a mixed distribution representation for the system strength.]
  • J. D. Lynch (2000), "The Galton-Watson Process Revisited: Some Martingale Relationships and Applications," Journal of Applied Probability, 37, 1-7.
    [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 L1-convergence 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 Erdos-Renyi 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 ER-law 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.]


  • Structural reliability models.
  • Balayages and Martingale-type 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