Alan Dabney

Associate Professor of Statistics

Co-Director of Statistics Undergraduate Program

2016-2019 Eppright Professor of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence

Texas A&M University

Office: 459B Blocker Building
FAX: (979) 845-3144
E-mail: adabney@stat.tamu.edu
Address: Department of Statistics, Texas A&M University, College Station TX 77843 USA.
Appointments: You can book a meeting with me here.


I received a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Washington and joined the faculty in the Department of Statistics at A&M in 2006. I am currently an Associate Professor and holder of the Eppright Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. I frequently collaborate across disciplines to apply statistical methodology to research projects in a wide variety of application areas, most recently including biomedicine, genomics, public health, forensics, and business analytics. In addition, I am co-Director of the newly-created Undergraduate Program in the Department of Statistics. I am also co-author of the 2013 popular-science publication Cartoon Introduction to Statistics, which was favorably reviewed by many media sources, including The Economist, Scientific American, and Publishers Weekly.

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RATIONAL LEARNING: A rational, reasoned, and scientific understanding of the world naturally leads to an inclusive and compassionate worldview, and 'self-optimization' comes through mindful application of love.

In fall 2017, I taught a new class I developed called 'rational learning'; here is the syllabus. The intention of the class is to use a blend of probability, scientific inquiry, philosophy, psychology, and common sense to present a belief-free argument for an inclusive and compassionate worldview. As an illustration of what the course is like, please see the recordings of two seminars I gave in fall 2016 previewing the class, here and here.