Fan Yang

Fan Yang 
I am currently a doctoral candidate in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science at the University of Pennsylvania. I am working in the Department of Statistics, Wharton School under the supervision of Professors Dylan Small and Edward George. I expect to complete my PhD degree by May 2014. Before this, I received a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at Zhejiang University in China.


Office: 433 Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Email: yangfan at wharton dot upenn dot edu
Phone: (267) 240-1399

Research Interests

  • Causal Inference
  • Analysis of Observational Studies
  • Missing Data
  • Bayesian Methodology

Papers and Manuscripts

  • Yang, F., Lorch, S. A. and Small, D. S. (2014). Estimation of causal effects using instrumental variables with nonignorable missing covariates: application to effect of type of delivery hospital on premature infants. The Annals of Applied Statistics, 8, no. 1, 48-73. [pdf]
  • Yang, F., Zubizarreta, J., Small, D. S., Lorch, S. A., and Rosenbaum, P. (2014). Aporetic conclusions when testing the validity of an instrumental variable. Submitted. [pdf]
  • Yang, F., and Small, D. S. (2014). Using post-quality of life measurement information in censoring by death problems. Under revision. [pdf]
  • George, E. I. and Yang, F. (2014). Compound decision rules for nonexchangeable setups. Working paper.


  • Summer 2013: Lecturer of Introductory Statistics (Stat 111)
  • Fall 2012: Recitation Lecturer of Introductory Statistics (Stat 111)
  • Fall 2011: Recitation Lecturer of Introductory Statistics (Stat 111)
  • Spring 2011: Recitation Lecturer of Calculus I (Math 104)
  • Fall 2010: Recitation Lecturer of Introduction to Calculus (Math 103)


  • Health Policy Statistics Section (HPSS) Student Paper Competition Award, 2014
  • ASA Section on Statistics in Epidemiology Young Investigators award, 2013