James Fu
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Professor Emeritus

Office: 334 Machray Hall

Telephone: 204-474-6272

Research Interests

statistical inference, large sample estimation, Probability of Large Deviation, distribution theory of runs and patterns, boundary crossing probabilities, applications of probability, system reliability, computer-intensive statistical methods

Recent Publications

  • Fu, James C. and Hsieh, Yu-Fei (2013). On the distribution of the length of the longest increasing subsequence in a random permutation. Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability. DOI 10.1007/s11009-013-9376-1
  • Tung-Lung Wu, Joseph Glaz, and James C Fu (2013). Discrete, continuous and conditional multiple window scan statistics. Journal of Applied Probability 50, 1089-1101.
  • Fu, J.C. (2012). On distribution of number of occurrences of an order-preserving pattern with length three in a random permutation. Methodology and Computation in Applied Probability 14 (3), 831–842.
  • Fu, J.C., Wu, T.L. and Lou, W.Y. (2012). Continuous, discrete and conditional scan statistics. Journal of Applied Probability 49 (1), 199–209.
  • Fu, James C., Johnson, Brad C. and Chang, Yung-Ming (2012). Approximating the extreme right-hand tail probability for the distribution of the number of patterns in a sequence of multi-state trials. Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference 142 (2), 473–480.

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On June 1, 2010, Dr. James C. Fu was awarded the Professor Emeritus designation by the University of Manitoba. Dr. Fu joined the Department of Statistics in 1974 and has made significant contributions to the disciplines of statistics and probability over his career. Dr. Fu has over seventy papers in scientific journals. He is best known for the development, with Markos Koutras, of the Finite Markov Chain Imbedding technique for determining probability distributions of runs and patterns. This technique has wide applicability. For example, it has been used in bioinformatics, for analyzing DNA sequences, and in reliability theory, for determining probabilities of system failures. Another of Dr. Fu's contributions is the use of the large deviation approach for studying asymptotic distributions and rates of convergence of consistent estimators. Dr. Fu has supervised a number of graduate students. His work is highly cited; one of his papers received a Citation Classic Award from the Institute for Scientific Information. Dr. Fu has served as editor or associate editor for a number of international journals and as President of the International Chinese Statistical Association. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. On his retirement, an international symposium, Fu-Fest 2009, was held at the University of Manitoba in his honour.


Congratulations to our October, 2014 graduates: Armin Hatefi (Ph.D.), Zhiyong Jin (M.Sc.), Cynthia Kpekpena (M.Sc.), Kevin Omondi (M.Sc.), Sathi Saha (M.Sc.), Josie White (M.Sc.).

Upcoming Exams

STAT 4690 A01 Midterm
Monday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m.

STAT 7200 A01 Miderm
Monday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m.

STAT 2000 A01 Midterm
Wednesday, October 29 at 5:30 p.m.

STAT 2000 A02 Midterm
Wednesday, October 29 at 5:30 p.m.

Upcoming Seminars

Ximing Xu, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Dalhousie University: “Robust State-Space Models For Fish Stock Maturities
Thursday, October 23 at 2:45 p.m.
201 Armes

Richard Lennon , Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Winnipeg: “Gambling Research: Collaboration and Funding Opportunities for Statistics Faculty and Students
Thursday, October 30 at 2:45 p.m.
201 Armes

Karen Carson, WH Freeman: “What is LaunchPad? WH Freeman Presents Its NEW and IMPROVED Platform for STAT 1000/2000
Thursday, November 6 at 2:45 p.m.
201 Armes

Pingzhao Hu, Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba
Thursday, November 20 at 2:45 p.m.


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