Dr Ben O'Neill
Areas of expertise
- Applied Statistics 010401
- Statistics 0104
- Biostatistics 010402
- Statistical Theory 010405
- Probability Theory 010404
Research interests
- Sampling theory and experimental design;
- Applied statistical modelling;
- Statistical prediction and machine learning;
- Bayesian theory and applied Bayesian statistics.
Biography
Ben is a statistician and data scientist in NCEPH. He is interested in statistical methodology and theory, and applied statistical analysis. His main area of research is sampling theory and prediction problems, and he is also interested in statistical programming and applied data analysis in R. In his role at NCEPH, Ben collaborates with other researchers on research projects relating to population health, and he provides statistical advice relating to survey and experimental design, collection and analysis of data, statistical modelling, graphical presentation of results, and reproducible data analysis.
Ben has a broad range of academic interests including mathematics, statistics, economics, philosophy and law. Prior to joining ANU he worked as Lecturer in Statistics at UNSW, and he has also undertaken various statistical consulting roles in industry and government. He has previously practiced as a lawyer.
Researcher's projects
- Statistical discrimination in sequential binary decision-processes;
- Discrimination and methodological approaches in social decision processes;
- Regression modelling with the generalised error distribution;
- Non-parametric regression using kernel residual distributions;
- Geometric analysis of linear regression;
- Sample-size determination from pilot surveys;
- Asymptotic properties of point-based predictors.
Available student projects
- Statistical modelling of queueing and resource parity across groups;
- Acceptance-rejection games with discounting;
- Stationary constrained Gaussian processes.
Publications
- O'Neill, B. and Sanni, S. (2018) Profit optimisation for deterministic inventory systems with linear cost. Computers and Industrial Engineering 122, pp. 303-317.
- Chambers, M., Sidhu, L., O'Neill, B. and Sibanda, N. (2017) Flexible von Bertalanffy growth models incorporating Bayesian splines. Ecological Modelling 355, pp. 1-11.
- Sanni, S., O'Neill, B., Jovanoski, Z. and Sidhu, H. (2017) Optimisation of perishable inventory items with geometric return rate of used product. 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2017), ed. Syme, G., Hatton MacDonald, D., Fulton, B. and Piantadosi, J., The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Australia, pp. 1350-1356.
- O'Neill, B. (2016) A causal-realist account of the endowment effect and ownership premium. Journal of Prices and Markets 4(2), pp. 12-20.
- O'Neill, B. (2016) Book Review - Essential Statistics, Econometrics and Regression. Australian Mathematical Society Gazette 43(3), pp. 191-193.
- O'Neill, B. (2016) Social Choice Theory and Choice Prerogatives: A Review and Critique. Journal of Prices and Markets 4(2), pp. 25-43.
- O'Neill, B. (2015) All rich and equal: the long-run effect of expansion in wealth. Journal of Prices and Markets 3(1), pp. 10-17.
- O'Neill, B. (2015) Further results in binomial prediction. The Mathematical Scientist 40(1), pp. 13-22.
- O'Neill, B. (2015) Some statistical aspects of precautionary reserves in banking. Review of Austrian Economics 28(2), pp. 179-193.
- Chambers, M., O'Neill, B. and Sidhu, L. (2015) Frailty models for the estimation of tag shedding rates with tagger effects. Fisheries Research 161, pp. 303-311.
- O'Neill, B. (2014) Assessing the "Bayesian Shift" in the Doomsday Argument. Journal of Philosophy 111(4), pp. 198-218.
- O'Neill, B. (2014) Some Useful Moment Results in Sampling Problems. The American Statistician 68(4), pp. 282-296.
- O'Neill, B. (2014) The fallacy of government as deux ex machine. Journal of Prices and Markets 2(2), pp. 14-18.
- Chambers, M., Sidhu, L. and O'Neill, B. (2014) Southern bluefin tuna (thunnus maccoyii) shed tags at a higher rate in tuna farms than in the open ocean: two-stage tag retention models. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71(8), pp. 1220-1228p.
- Horne, D., O'Neill, B. and Lees, B. (2014) Process implications of chenier dates in Australia. Marine Geology 353, pp. 163-168.
- O'Neill, B. (2013) No, market-design theory does not show "market failure". Journal of Prices and Markets 1(1), pp. 13-16.
- O'Neill, B. (2013) The lender of last resort: a comparative analysis of central banking and fractional-reserve free banking. Libertarian Papers 5(1), pp. 163-186.
- O'Neill, B. and Block, W. (2013) Inchoate crime, accessories, and constructive malice in libertarian law. Libertarian Papers 5(2), pp. 219-249.
- O'Neill, B. (2012) Binomial prediction using the frequent outcome approach. The Mathematical Scientist 37(2), pp. 106-121.
- O'Neill, B. (2012) Natural law and the liberal (libertarian) society. Journal of Peace, Prosperity and Freedom 1, pp. 29-50.
- O'Neill, B. (2011) A critique of politically-correct language. The Independent Review 16(2), pp. 71-98.
- O'Neill, B. (2011) Anti-discrimination law and the attack on freedom of conscience. Policy 27(2), pp. 3-8.
- O'Neill, B. (2011) The Threat of Virtue: Why Independence and Integrity Threaten the State. Journal of Private Enterprise 27(1), pp. 75-98.
- O'Neill, B. (2011) The vampire economy and the market: an assessment of economic and political dynamics. New Perspectives on Political Economy 7(1), pp. 141-154.
- O'Neill, B. (2010) Choice and indifference: a critique of the strict preference approach. Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 13(1), pp. 71-98.
- O'Neill, B. (2009) Exchangeability, correlation and Bayes' effect. International Statistical Review 77(2), pp. 241-250.
- O'Neill, B. (2009) Importance sampling for Bayesian sensitivity analysis. International Journal of Approximate Reasoning 50(2), pp. 270-278.
- O'Neill, B. (2009) The Antidiscrimination Paradigm: Irrational, Unjust, and Tyrannical. The Independent Review 13(4), pp. 529-558.
- O'Neill, B. and Puza, B. (2005) In Defence of the Reverse Gamblers Belief. The Mathematical Scientist 30(1), pp. 13-16.