Dr. William M. Bolstad

Dr. William M. Bolstad Dr. William M. Bolstadis a Professor at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, Dept. of Statistics, and has 30 years of teaching experience. Dr. Bolstad is the author of Introduction to Bayesian Statistics, 2nd Edition (the course text), and has pioneered the use of Bayesian methods in teaching the first year statistics course.


AB Mathematics, University of Missouri

MSc Mathematical Statistics, Stanford University

PhD Statistics, University of Waikato

Areas of Expertise:

Recursive estimation techniques

Multiprocess dynamic time series models

Forecasting and control

Bayesian statistics

MCMC methods


Understanding Computational Bayesian Statistics (John Wiley & Sons, 2010)

Introduction to Bayesian Statistics: Second Edition (John Wiley & Sons, 2007)

Co-authored, "Sex, drugs, Rock & Roll Survey in a First-Year Service Course in Statistics" The American Statistician, 2001

Co-authored, "Investigating Child Mortality in Malawi Using Family and Community Random Effects, A Bayesian Analysis" Journal of the American Statistical Association, 2001

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Dr. William M. Bolstad

Introduction to Bayesian Statistics

Instructor at Statistics.com since August 2005


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