Curriculum Vitae
Bob Sherman

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mailing address:
Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Mailstop 228-77
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125
phone: 626-395-4094
fax: 626-793-4681


Ph.D. in Statistics, Yale University, 1991, ``U-Processes and Semiparametric Estimation'', advisor: David Pollard.
M.Phil. in Statistics, Yale University, 1987.
M.A. in Mathematics, University of Louisville, 1985.
Seminary Training, Jesuit College, St. Paul, MN, 1979-1980.
B.A. in Philosophy and Latin, Marquette University, 1978. Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa.


Professor of Economics and Statistics, California Institute of Technology, Since April, 2005.
Associate Professor of Economics and Statistics, California Institute of Technology, Since February, 1999.
Assistant Professor of Economics and Statistics, California Institute of Technology, 1996-1999.
Member of Technical Staff, Bellcore Statistics and Economics Research Group, Morristown, NJ. 1990-1996.

Research Interests

Asymptotic methods, semiparametric estimation, biased sampling, diffusion modeling, long-range dependence, jacks.


Identification and estimation of bounds on school performance measures: a nonparametric analysis of a mixture model with verification (with J. Dominitz). Journal of Applied Econometrics, to appear.

Maximum score methods. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd Edition, Palgrave and Macmillan, Editors Larry Blume and Steven Durlauf, to appear.

Some convergence theory for iterative estimation procedures with an application to semiparametric estimation (with Jeff Dominitz). Econometric Theory, 21: 838-863, 2005.

Sharp bounds under contaminated or corrupted sampling with verification, with an application to environmental pollutant data (with Jeff Dominitz). Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics, 9: 319-338, 2004.

Comment on ``Iterative and recursive estimation in structural non-adaptive models'' by Pastorello, Patilea, and Renault. Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 21: 498-500, 2003.

An equivalence result for VC classes of sets (with S. Joslin). Econometric Theory, 19: 1123-1127, 2003.

Subject acquisition for web-based surveys (with M. Alvarez and C. VanBeselaere). Political Analysis, 11: 23-43, 2003.

Rank estimators for a transformation model (with E. Asparouhova, T. Asparouhov, R. Golanski, and K. Kasprzyk). Econometric Theory, 18: 1099-1120, 2002.

Shift restrictions and semiparametric estimation in ordered response models (with R. Klein). Econometrica, 70: 663-691, 2002.

Tests of certain types of ignorable nonresponse in surveys subject to item nonresponse or attrition. American Journal of Political Science, 44: No. 2: 356-368, April, 2000.

Conditions for convergence of Monte-Carlo EM sequences with an application to diffusion modeling (with S. Dalal and Y. Ho). Econometrics Journal 2: 248-267, 1999.

Learning from experience to improve early forecasts: a bayesian maximum likelihood approach (with S. Dalal and Y. Ho). In Business and Economics for the 21st Century, Volume II, Business and Economics Society International, Worcester, MA, 338-353, 1998.

Rank estimators for monotonic index models (with C. Cavanagh). Journal of Econometrics, 84: 351-381, 1998.

Measuring ATM traffic cell-by-cell: experiences and preliminary findings from BAGNet (with W. Willinger, S. Devadhar, A. Heybey, M. Sullivan and J. Vollaro). Performance and Management of Complex Communication Networks, T. Hasegawa, H. Takagi and Y. Takahashi (Eds.), Chapman & Hall, 77-96, 1998. (ISBN 0-412-84250-5)

Estimating new product demand from biased survey data (with R. Klein). Journal of Econometrics, 76: 53-76, 1997.

Proof of a fundamental result in self-similar traffic modeling (with M. S. Taqqu and W. Willinger), Computer Communications Review, 27: No. 2: 5-23, April, 1997.

Self-similarity through high variability: statistical analysis of ethernet LAN traffic at the source level (Extended Version) (with M. S. Taqqu, W. Willinger, and D. V. Wilson), IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 5: No. 1: 71-86, February, 1997.

Self-similarity through high variability: statistical analysis of ethernet LAN traffic at the source level (with M. S. Taqqu, W. Willinger, and D. V. Wilson). Computer Communications Review, 25: 100-113, 1995. Proceedings of the ACM/SIGCOMM'95, Boston, MA, August, 1995.

Variable-bit-rate video traffic and long-range dependence (with J. Beran, M. S. Taqqu, and W. Willinger). IEEE Transactions on Communications, 43: No. 2/3/4: 1566-1579, February/March/April 1995.

U-processes in the analysis of a generalized semiparametric regression estimator. Econometric Theory, 10: 372--395, 1994.

Maximal inequalities for degenerate U-processes with applications to optimization estimators. Annals of Statistics, 22: 439-459, 1994.

The limiting distribution of the maximum rank correlation estimator. Econometrica 61: 123-137, 1993.

Biased sampling (with D. Pollard). Section 14 in Pollard's monograph Empirical Processes: Theory and Applications, Volume 2 of NFS-CBMS Regional Conference Series in Probability and Statistics, IMS, Hayward, CA, 1990.

Work in Progress

Kernel estimation of growth trajectory models (with J. Dominitz).

Some asymptotic results for bounds estimation.

An iterative least squares approach to probit estimation with dependent observations (with J. Katz and D. Grigg).

An estimator of the survival distribution from multiple biased samples with censoring.

Nonparametric entropy-based tests of multivariate normality (with N. Ahmed).

Estimation and inference on bounds for conditional means under contamination (with V. Bali).

An elementary proof of the asymptotic normality of a rank estimator (with A. Hung and J. Patty).

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