Hello, welcome! My name is Lijian Yang, I am a Christian, a Chinese, a Statistician.
I am deeply grateful to those whose guidance and inspiration had made me:
My mother who taught me numbers and language despite my resistence, and my father who kindled my interests in mathematics and taught me Analysis from his beautifully written lecture notes
My professors at Peking University who gave me broad exposure to all areas of Pure Mathematics
My professors at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill who opened up my eyes to the fascinating world of data analysis and inference, and undergirded me with solid training in Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics, especially Professor James S. Marron my Ph.D. advisor, Professor Jianqing Fan, and Professors Edward Carlstein, Stamatis Cambanis, Indra Chakravarti, Gopinath Kallianpur, Ross Leadbetter, Walter Smith, Gordon Simons, Willem van Zwet
Professor Dr. Wolfgang K. Härdle my postodoc mentor at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin who introduced me to the great subject of Econometrics
I have been having fun doing research in statistics, econometrics, and helping many others getting started and moving along in their statistics careers.
I had graduated 7 Ph. D. students from Michigan State University, 3 from Soochow University, 5 from Tsinghua University. Among them, 8 are Elected Members of ISI (International Statistical Institute), 2 Elected Fellows of IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics), 2 Elected Fellows of ASA (American Statistical Association).
Of my former Ph. D. students are 5 Tenured Full Professors and 1 Tenured Associate Professor in the US, 1 Vice President Quantitative Finance Analyst, 3 Associate Professors and 4 Lecturers in China. My former students have graduated 27 third generation Ph. D. descendants (grand students), of whom are 1 Elected Member of ISI (International Statistical Institute), 1 Tenured Associate Professor, 3 Assistant Professors in the US, 1 Full Professor and 1 Associate Professor in China. You can see all my students at My Students and all descendants at My Mathematics Genealogy. In addition, I am responsible for the promotion to Associate Professorship of 19 individuals in US and China (including HKSAR), and promotion to Full Professorship of 8, the list is in my Curriculum Vitae.