Research Projects


The National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) established a Cross-Sector Research in Residence Program in partnership with the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the survey and estimation arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This new collaborative venture by NISS and the... more


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NISS has joined the Clinical Proteomic Technologies for Cancer research initiative that focuses on technologies for cancer biomarker discovery. The overall goal is to foster the building of an integrated foundation of proteomic technologies, data, reagents and reference materials, and analysis... more

Clinical Medical Research

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One of the factors the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) looks for when evaluating a drug is the potential for that drug to induce a cardiac arrhythmia. When a drug is administered to a patient, some of them can interfere with the normal electrical signals of the heart. In a normal heartbeat, the... more


This compendium is an outgrowth of the Technical Expert Panel on Maps and Graphics organized in 2009 by the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) on behalf of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The purpose of the panel was to “assist the NCES [in] reviewing and... more


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The goal of this project is to reconcile two methods for modeling change in social networks over time: a class of statistical models and intelligent agent models. The research contrasts the roperties of these two approaches, exploring what qualitative dynamic behaviors in social networks are... more

Disease Surveillance

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Syndromic surveillance uses syndrome (a specific collection of clinical symptoms) data to monitor for indications of a potential or incipient disease outbreak. Other advanced surveillance systems have been implemented globally for early detection of infectious disease outbreaks and bioterrorist... more


Metadata and/or paradata accompany federal statistical agency data files to describe or define the data elements and the collection and processing of these data. Practices vary across the Statistical Community of Practice (SCOP). Distinctions between the two terms are not well-defined, and there... more

Education Statistics

One of the most common statistical procedures in quantitative social science research is to examine the association between a key predictor, X, and an outcome, Y, before and after adjusting for another predictor, Z. If the absolute value of that coefficient is reduced after adding Z, they infer... more

Environmental Science

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The Environmental Protection Agency and scientists from several universities across the United States and Canada worked on network design for environmental monitoring; space-time models, data fusion, health and pharmacokinetics; risk assesment of toxicants; and data representation and reporting.


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Emerging OMICS technologies such as microarray and highthroughput screening have been adopted across a broad spectrum of applications as these technologies are capable of simultaneous measurements of very large numbers of channels. Thus they enable rapid experimental turnaround with an accompanying... more

Software Development

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The goal was to design, implement and evaluate light weight instrumentation for software testing and profiling. The underlying concept was that different instances (users' copies) of the software are instrumented to collect information differently bu lightly so that performance is not impaired.... more

Survey Research

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NISS and Duke University are collaborating on the Triangle Census Research Network (TCRN), one of eight research nodes that are working on the National Census Research Network (NCRN). NISS and Duke are looking at ways to improve how federal statistical (“FedStats”) agencies disseminate data to the... more


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The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) implemented NISS-developed strategies for operation of traffic signals on the near North side of Chicago. A team consisting of NISS, North Carolina State University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and CDOT developed prediction models using... more