Martin Wells

people / faculty

Martin Wells

Director of Research
The Charles A. Alexander Professor of Statistical Sciences
Chairperson of the Department of Social Statistics
Social Statistics


Journal Articles

  • Dominique Fourdrinier, Martin Wells. 2012. Improved Loss Estimation for Shrinkage Estimators, . 27:61-81.
  • Xin Zhou, Martin Wells. 2012. Reference Priors for Linear Models with General Covariance Structures, . 142:2473-2484.
  • S M Wernimont, Andrew Clark, Patrick J Stover, Martin Wells, A A Litonjua, S T Weiss, J M Gaziano, P. S. Vokonas, K L Tucker, Patricia Ann Cassano. 2012. Folate network genetic variation predicts cardiovascular disease risk in non-hispanic white males, . 142(7):1272-1279. (doi:10.3945/jn.111.157180)
  • L Yu, H Li, Martin Wells. 2011. Return Dynamics with Lévy Jumps: Evidence from Stock and Option Prices, .
  • B S Warren, Joseph J. Wakshlag, M Maley, Tracy Farrell, A M Struble, M R Panasevich, Martin Wells. 2011. Use of pedometers to measure the relationship of dog walking to body condition score in obese and non-obese dogs, . 106:S85-S89. (doi:10.1017/S0007114511001814)
  • S M Wernimont, A G Clark, Patrick J Stover, Martin Wells, A A Litonjua, S T Weiss, J M Gaziano, K L Tucker, J Schwartz, V Bolati, Patricia Ann Cassano. 2011. Folate Network Genetic Variation, Plasma Homocysteine, and Global Genomic Methylation Content, . 12(1):150. (doi:10.1186/1471-2350-12-150)
  • Martin Wells. 2010. A Bayesian Hierarchical Regression Approach to Clustered and Longitudinal Data, . 7:634-663.
  • Martin Wells, T Eisenberg. 2010. Failure to differentiate between men and women in primary prevention, .
  • Haim Bar, James Booth, Elizabeth Schifano, Martin Wells. 2010. Laplace approximated EM microarray analysis: an empirical Bayes approach for comparative microarray experiments, . 25(3):388-407. (doi:10.1214/10-STS339)
  • Martin Wells, T Eisenberg. 2010. Letter regarding article, "Statins for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events in women with elevated high-sensitivity C-reactive protein or dyslipidemia: results from the Justification for the Use of Statins in Prevention: An Intervention Trial Evaluating Rosuvastatin (JUPITER) and meta-analysis of women from primary prevention trials", . 122:23.
  • E D Schifano, Robert Lee Strawderman, Martin Wells. 2010. MM algorithms for minimizing nonsmoothly penalized objective functions, . 4:1258-1299. (doi:10.1214/10-EJS582)
  • B Warren, M Maley, L Sugarwala, Martin Wells, Carol Devine. 2010. Small Steps Are Easier Together: An Ecological Goal-Based Intervention To Increase Walking By Women In Rural Worksites, . 5:230-234.
  • Martin Wells, T Eisenberg. 2010. Statins and risk of incident diabetes, . 375:2140-2141.
  • T Eisenberg, M Heise, N Waters, Martin Wells. 2010. The Decision to Award Punitive Damages: An Empirical Study, . 2:577-619.
  • James Booth, Walter T Federer, Martin Wells, Russell Wolfinger. 2009. A multivariate variance components model for analysis of covariance in designed experiments, . 24(2):223-237. (doi:10.1214/09-STS294)
  • Martin Wells. 2009. The Exact Distribution of the Condition Number of a Gaussian Matrix, . 31:1125-1130.
  • R. Y. Ivanek, T. Grohn, Martin Wells, S. Raengpradub, M. J. Kazmierczak, Martin Wiedmann. 2008. Extreme value theory in analysis of differential expression in microarrays where either only up- or down-regulated genes are relevant or expected, . 90:347-361.
  • M Zhang, Robert Lee Strawderman, M Cowen, Martin Wells. 2006. Profiling pharmacy expenditures in managed health care: Bayesian inference for a two-part hierarchical model, . 101:934-945.
  • Stephan A Jesch, Peng Liu, Xin Zhao, Martin Wells, Susan A. Henry. 2006. Multiple endoplasmic reticulum-to-nucleus signaling pathways coordinate phospholipid metabolism with gene expression by distinct mechanisms, . 281(33):24070-24083.
  • S A Jesch, X Zhao, Martin Wells, Susan A. Henry. 2005. Genome Wide Analysis Reveals Inositol, Not Choline, as the Major Effector of Ino2p-Ino4p and Unfolded Protein Response Target Gene Expression in Yeast, . 280(10):9106-9118.
  • R Ivanek, Y T Gröhn, Martin Wiedmann, Martin Wells. 2004. Mathematical model of Listeria monocytogenes cross-contamination in a fish processing plant, . 67:2688-2697.
  • Martin Wells, Weijing Wang. 2000. Model Selection and Semiparametric Inference for Bivariate Failure-Time Data, . 95(449):62-72.
  • Martin Wells, Theodore Eisenberg. 2000. Inbreeding in Law School Hiring: Assessing the Performance of Faculty Hired from within, . 29(1):369-388.
  • Martin Wells, Dominique Cellier, Dominique Fourdrinier. 1999. Bayesian Estimation for Spherically Symmetric Distributions, . 70(1):95-117.
  • Martin Wells, Morris L Eaton, David A Freedman, Stephen P Klein, Richard A Olshen, Kenneth W Wachter, Donald Ylvisaker. 1999. Statistical Controversies in Census 2000, . 39(4):347-375.
  • Martin Wells, Theodore Eisenberg. 1999. The Predictability of Punitive Damages Awards in Published Opinions, the Impact of BMW v. Gore on Punitive Damages Awards, and Forecasting Which Punitive Awards Will be Reduced, . 7:59-86.
  • Robert Lee Strawderman, Martin Wells. 1998. Approximately exact inference for the common odds ratio in several 2 x 2 tables (with discussion and rejoinder), . 93:1294-1306.
  • Martin Wells, Theodore Eisenberg, Stephen P Garvey. 1998. But Was He Sorry? The Role of Remorse in Capital Sentencing, . 83(6):1599-1637.
  • Martin Wells, Theodore Eisenberg, Stefan Sundgren. 1998. Larger Board Size and Decreasing Firm Value in Small Firms, . 48(1):35-54.
  • Martin Wells, T Eisenberg. 1998. Punitive Awards After BMW, a New Capping System, and the Reported Opinion Bias, . 1:387-426.
  • Martin Wells, Weijing Wang. 1998. Nonparametric Estimation Of Successive Duration Times Under Dependent Censoring, . 85(3):561-572.
  • Martin Wells, Theodore Eisenberg. 1998. Ranking and Explaining the Scholarly Impact of Law Schools, . 27(2):373-413.
  • Martin Wells, Dominique Fourdrinier, William E Strawderman. 1998. On the Construction of Bayes Minimax Estimators, . 26(2):660-671.
  • Martin Wells, Weijing Wang. 1997. Nonparametric Estimator of the Bivariate Survival Function Under Simplified Censoring Conditions, . 84(4):863-880.
  • Robert Lee Strawderman, Martin Wells. 1997. Accurate bootstrap confidence limits for the cumulative hazard and survivor functions, . 92:1356-1375.
  • Robert Lee Strawderman, M Parzen, Martin Wells. 1997. Accurate confidence limits for quantiles under random censoring, . 53:1399-1415.
  • Martin Wells, Theodore Eisenberg, John Goerdt, Brian Ostrom, David Rottman. 1997. The Predictability of Punitive Damages, . 26(2):623-661.
  • Martin Wells, T Eisenberg, S Garvey. 1996. Jury Responsibility In Capital Sentencing: An Empirical Study, . 44:339-380.
  • Robert Lee Strawderman, G Casella, Martin Wells. 1996. Practical small sample asymptotics for regression problems, . 91:643-655.
  • Martin Wells, A Erez, M Bloom. 1996. Using Random Rather than Fixed Effects Models in Meta-Analysis: Implications for Situational Specificity and Validity Generalization, . 49:275-306.


  • Martin Wells, A Sen Gupta. 2010. Advances in Directional and Linear Statistics. Berlin: Springer, 2010.

Book Chapters

  • Martin Wells, D Zhang. . Graphical Models for Clustered Binary and Continuous Responses. in Festschrift for S R Jammalamadka. Springer,
  • Robert Lee Strawderman, Martin Wells. 2012. On hierarchical prior specifications and penalized likelihood. in Contemporary Developments in Bayesian Analysis and Statistical Decision Theory: A Festschrift for William E. Strawderman. Institute of Mathematical Statistics, 2012. (154-180)
  • B S Warren, J J Wakshlag, M Maley, Tracy Farrell, Martin Wells, A M Struble, Carol M Devine. 2011. Method Development and Preliminary Examination of Dog Walking as a Form of Human and Canine Physical Activity. in The Health Benefits of Dog Walking for Pets and People: Evidence and Case Studies. W Lafayette: Purdue Univ. Press, 2011. Johnson, R.A., Beck, A., McCune, S..
  • Y Joo, G Casella, Martin Wells. 2010. Model selection error rates in nonparametric and parametric model comparisons. in Borrowing Strength: Theory Powering Applications – A Festschrift for Lawrence D. Brown. IMS Collections, 2010. (166-183)
  • Martin Wells. 2010. Optimality results for mid p–values. in In Borrowing Strength: Theory Powering Applications – A Festschrift for Lawrence D. Brown. IMS Collections , 2010. (184-198)

Conference Proceedings

  • Anusuya Rangarajan, Martin Wells. 2007. Organic Agriculture Grows at Cornell. in 1-5. Proceedings of the 2007 New York Fruit and Vegetable Expo , 2007.
  • R Ivanek, Y T Gröhn, Martin Wells, Martin Wiedmann, M J Kazmierczak. 2006. Background correction and normalization for cDNA microarray data. Proceedings of the 2006 International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE), 2006.

Professional Activities

  • Choice of Regression Models. Presented to Society for Empirical Legal Studies. Yale University. 2010.


Comstock Hall-Academic II, Room 1190

Areas of Expertise

Other Areas of Expertise

Bayesian Statistics, Combinatorics, Decision Theory, Empirical Finance, Empirical Legal Studies, Function Estimation, Model Selection, Sampling Theory, Survival Analysis