I actively involve in professional and academic activities such as serving as frequent referees for peerreviewed statistical journals such as: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series B and C), Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Metrika, Communications in Statistics –Theory and Methods, TEST, Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Statistics, Multivariate Behavioral Research, Journal of Statistical Planning & Inference, Biometrical Journal, Statistics in Medicine, Statistics, Psychometrika, Statistics and Probability Letters . I am an active member of the American Statistical Association and am an active member of the International Chinese Statistical Association. For more information about my research and teaching, please visit my personal website: http://newton.newhaven.edu/jliang.
Education
Ph.D., Hong Kong Baptist University, 1998
Major: Multivariate Statistics
M.Sc., Nankai Univeristy, 1987
Major: Multivariate Statistics
B.Sc., Nankai Univeristy, 1984
Major: Mathematics
Published Intellectual Contributions
Refereed Journal Articles
Liang, J. (2012). T3Plot for Testing Spherical Symmetry for HighDimensional Data with a Small Sample Size. Journal of Probability and Statistics, 2012.
Bentler, P. M., Liang, J., Tang, M.L., Yuan, K.H. (2011). Constrained Maximum Likelihood Estimation for Twolevel Mean and Covariance Structure Models. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 71(2), 325345.
Liang, J., Tang, M.L., Chan, P. S. (2009). A Generalized ShapiroWilk W Statistic for Testing Highdimensional Normality. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, 53, 38833891.
Liang, J., Ng, K. W. (2009). A Multivariate Normal Plot to Detect Nonnormality. Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, 18(1), 5272.
Liang, J., Tang, M.L. (2009). Generalized Ftests for the Multivariate Normal Mean. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, 57, 11771190.
Liang, J., Pan, W. S. Y. (2009). A MATLABaided Method for Teaching Calculusbased Business Mathematics. American Journal of Business Education, 2(9), 1540.
Upadhyaya, K. P., Mensz, P., Liang, J. (2008). Modeling Lean Operations and Allocation of Inventory Buffers in Discrete Manufacturing. Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review, 4 (3), 147154.
Liang, J., Martin, L. (2008). An Excelaided Method for Teaching Calculusbased Business Mathematics. College Teaching Methods & Styles Journal, 4(11), 1123.
Liang, J., Martin, L. (2008). Testing the Mean for Dependent Business Data. Journal of Hospital Marketing & Public Relations, 18(2), 149165.
Liang, J., Ng, K. W. (2008). A Method for Generating Uniformly Scattered Points on the LpNorm Unit Sphere and Its Applications. Metrika, 68, 8398.
Liang, J., Fang, K. T., Hickernell, F. J. (2008). Some Necessary Uniform Tests for Spherical Symmetry. The Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics, 60, 679696.
Liang, J., Pan, W. (2007). ANOVA for Business Data: What can You Do If the Statistical Conditions Are Not Satisfied? Journal of Global Business Issues, 1(2), 205215.
Martin, L., Liang, J. (2007). Likert Scale Data: A Suggested Improvement in Statistical Testing. Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review, 3(1), 2430.
Liang, J., Mensz, P., Boynton, W. (2007). Testing the Mean for the Business Data: a Nontraditional Approach. Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review, 3(2), 126134.
Pan, W. S. Y., Upadhyaya, K. P., Liang, J. (2006). Impact of China's Yuan Revaluation. International Business & Economics Research Journal, 5(11), 6771.
Liang, J., Pan, W. S.Y. (2006). Testing the Mean for Business Data: Should One Use the ztest, ttest, Ftest, the Chisquare Test, or the pvalue Method? Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 3(7), 7987.
Liang, J., Menz, P., Yang, Z.H. (2005). Two Uniform Tests for Detecting Nonmultinormality. Chinese Journal of Applied Probability and Statistics, 21, 268277.
Liang, J., Bentler, P. M. (2004). A New EM Algorithm for Fitting Twolevel Structural Equation Models. Psychometrika, 69(1), 101122.
Liang, J., Pan, W. S. Y., Yang, Z.H. (2004). CharacterizationBased QQ Plots for Testing Multinormality. Statistics & Probability Letters, 70(3), 183190.
Liang, J., Fang, K.T., Hickernell, F. J., Li, R. (2001). Testing Multivariate Uniformity and Its Applications. Mathematics of Computation, 70, 337355.
Liang, J., Fang, K.T. (2000). Some Applications of Läuter’s Technique in Tests for Spherical Symmetry. Biometrical Journal, 42(8), 923936.
Liang, J., Li, R., Fang, H., Fang, K.T. (2000). Testing Multinormality Based on Lowdimensional Projection. Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, 86, 129141.
Liang, J., Benter, P. M. (1999). A tdistribution Plot to Detect Nonmultinormality. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis,30 , 3144.
Fang, K.T., Li, R., Liang, J. (1998). A Multivariate Version of Ghosh T3plot to Detect Nonmultinormality. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis,28, 371386.
Liang, J., Bentler, P. M. (1998). Characterizations of Some Subclasses of Spherical Distributions. Statistics & Probability Letters,40, 155164.
Kotz, S., Fang, K.T., Liang, J. (1997). On Multivariate Vertical Density Representation and Its Application to Random Number Generation. Statistics,30, 163180.
Yang, Z.H., Fang, K.T., Liang, J. (1996). A Characterization of Multivariate Normal Distribution and Its Application. Statistics & Probability Letters,30, 347352.
Fang, K.T., Liang, J. (1989). Inequalities for the Partial Sums of Elliptical Order Statistics Related to Genetic Selection. The Canadian Journal of Statistics, 17(4), 439446.
Book Chapters
Bentler, P. M., Liang, J. (2008). A Unified Approach to Twolevel Structural Equation Models and Linear Mixed Effects Models. In: Dunson, D. (Editor), Random Effect and Latent Variable Model Selection (Lecture Notes in Statistics), pp. 95119. SpringerVerlag, New York.
Liang, J., Fang, K.T., Hickernell, F., Li, R. (2007). A Stabilized Uniform QQ Plot to Detect Nonmultinormality. Random Walk, Sequential Analysis and Related Topics (pp. 254268). World Scientific Publishing Company.
Bentler, P.M., Liang, J., Yuan, K. H. (2005). Some Recent Advances in Twolevel Structural Equation Models: Estimation, Testing and Robustness. In: Jianqing Fan and Gang Li (Eds.), Contemporary Multivariate Analysis and Experimental Design (pp. 211232). World Scientific Publisher.
Bentler, P. M., Liang, J. (2003). Twolevel Mean and Covariance Structures: Maximum Likelihood via an EM Algorithm. In: S. Reise & N. Duan (Eds.), Multilevel Modeling: Methodological Advances, Issues, andApplications (pp. 5370). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Bentler, P. M., Liang, J. (2003). Simultaneous Mean and Covariance Structure Analysis for Twolevel Structural Equation Models on EQS. In: H. Yanai, A. Okada, K. Shigemasu, Y.
Kano, & J. J. Meulman (Eds.), New Developments in Psychometrics (pp. 123132). SpringerVerlag, Tokyo, Japan.
Fang, K.T., Liang, J. (1999). Testing spherical and elliptical symmetry. In: S. Kotz, C.B. Read and D.L. Banks (eds.), Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences (Update). John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, Vol. 3, 686691.
Presentations Given
Liang, J. (2014). “A Class of Uniform Tests for Goodnessoffit of the Multivariate L_{p}norm Spherical Distributions and the l_{p}norm Symmetric Distributions”. The 2014 ICSA Statistics Conference, Shanghai, China.
Liang, J. (2014). “A Generalized T_{3}plot for Testing Highdimensional Normality”, International Conference on Building Statistical Methodology and Theory, Yunnan, China.
Liang, J. (2013). “An Application of the Spherical Distribution in Financial Models”. The 2013 International Conference, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Chengdu, China.
Liang, J. (2013). "A Stochastic Representation for the lpnorm Symmetric Distribution and Its Applications". The 2013 Joint Statistical Meeting, American Statistical Association and Canadian Statistical Society, Montreal, Canada.
Liang, J. (2012). "A Class of Uniform Tests for Goodnessoffit of the Multivariate Lpnorm Spherical Distributions and the lpnorm Symmetric Distributions". The 2012 Joint Statistical Meeting, American Statistical Association and Canadian Statistical Society, San Diego, California.
Liang, J. (2011). "A Class of Exact Ftests for Capital Asset Pricing Models". The 2011 Joint Statistical Meeting, American Statistical Association and Canadian Statistical Society, Miami Beach, Florida.
Liang, J. (2010). "Multivariate Asset Pricing Tests: A generalized Fapproach". The 2010 Annual Conference of the Academy of International Business, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut.
Liang, J. (2010). "An Approach to Generating a Class of Generalized Symmetric Multivariate Distributions Based on Stochastic Representation". The 2010 Joint Statistical Meeting, American Statistical Association and Canadian Statistical Society, Vancouver, Canada.
Liang, J. (2009). "Some Advances in Quantitative Business Research and Computeraided Teaching Methods". Invited talk at School of Accounting, Wuhan University of Science and Engineering, Wuhan, and School of Management, Chang An University, Xi’an, China.
Liang, J. (2009). "Probability Plots and Their Applications in Goodnessoffit". Invited Talk at Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China.
Boynton, W., Liang, J., Tang, M.L. (2009). "Multivariate Asset pricing Tests: Insights from Spherical Distribution Theory". University of New Haven College of Business Research Forum.
Liang, J., Martin, L. (2008). "A Monte Carlo Comparison between the Chisquare Test and the Traditional ttest for Analysis of Likertscaled Data and Its Application in Marketing Research". University of New Haven, College of Business Research Forum.
Liang, J., Tang, M.L. (2008). "Generalized Ftests for the Multivariate Normal Mean". The First International Meeting on Biopharmaceutical Statistics, Shanghai, China.
Liang, J. (2008). "Generalized Ftests for the Multivariate Normal Mean". Department of Statistics at Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China.
Liang, J. (2008). "Generalized Ftests for the Multivariate Normal Mean". Invited talk at the Department of Mathematics at Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China.
Liang, J. (2007). "A Dimensionreduction Method for Detecting Nonmultinormality in Twolevel Structural Equation Models". International Meeting of the Psychometric Society (IMPS), Tokyo, Japan.
Liang, J. (2007). "A Graphical Dimensionreduction Technique for Testing Normal Goodnessoffit for Multivariate Data". Department of Statistics, Peking University, China.
Liang, J., Ng, K. W. (2006). "A Method for Generating Uniformly Scattered Points on the Lpnorm Unit Sphere and Its Applications". International Conference on Statistics and Its Applications, Nankai University, Tianjin, China.
Pan, W. S.Y., Upadhyaya, K., Liang, J. (2005). "Impact of China’s Yuan Revaluation". The International Business & Economics Research and College Teaching & Learning Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada. (2005).
Bentler, P. M., Liang, J. (2005). "Testing Multinormality in Twolevel Structural Equation Models". The International Conference on Statistics, Hong Kong, China.
Liang, J., Pan, W. S.Y. (2005). "Testing the Mean for Business Data: Using the ttest, ztest, Ftest or the Chisquare test?". The International Business & Economics Research and College Teaching & Learning Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Liang, J., Fang, K.T., Hickernell, F. J., Li, R. (2005). plot for Testing Highdimensional Spherical Symmetry with Low Sample Size Data". The International Conference on Statistics, Hong Kong, China.
Liang, J. (2004). "An EM Algorithm for TwoLevel Latent Variable Models". Department of Mathematics, Hong Kong Baptist University.
Liang, J., Bentler, P. M. (2004). "A Unified Approach to Studying TwoLevel Structural Equation Models and Linear Mixed Effects Models". The 2004 Joint Statistical Meeting, Toronto, Canada.
Liang, J., Bentler, P. M. (2003). "Heterogeneous Mean and Covariance Structure Analysis for Twolevel Latent Variable Models". The 2003 Joint Statistical Meeting, San Francisco, California.
Liang, J., Pan, W. S. (20030. "Characterizationbased QQ Plots for Testing Multinormality". The 2003 Hawaii International Conference on Statistics and Related Fields, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Liang, J. (2001). "EM Algorithms for Clustered Data Analysis". Department of Statistics, University of California, Los Angeles.
Liang, J., Bentler, P. M. (2000). "Constrained Maximum Likelihood Analysis of General tTwolevel Structural Equation Models via EM Type Algorithms". The 2000 Annual Meeting of the Psychometric Society, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
Professional Positions
Academic
Associate Professor, University of New Haven (9/2007  Present)
Assistant Professor, University of New Haven (9/2001 8/2007)
Research Fellow and Lecturer (10/1998 – 8/2001)
Statistics & Drug Abuse Research Center
Department of Psychology and Statistics
Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, China. (1/1988 – 6/1994)
Consulting
For Profit Organization
Consulting Center at UCLA Statistics Department. Title: Structural Equation Models Evaluation
Description: Evaluate a grant proposal that proposes using structural equation models.
Contact: Dr. Ann Wuerker, UCLA School of Nursing
Funds: School of Nursing Intramural grant, 405230/6G/09549.
Financial Contact: Audrey Williams. Tel: (310) 8257476. (2000).
Professional Service
Committee Member, The IMS 2013 Conference Organizing Committee, Chengdu. (May 1, 2013  July 4, 2013).
Review of contributed papers for the conference and organizing the section of nonparametric statistical inference in the conference
Section Chair: statistical models in financial applications. The IMS 2013 conference organizing committee, Chengdu. (May 1, 2013  July 4, 2013)
Reviewer for: Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences (November 2014)
Referee (11/2014) to the manuscript " Uniform Distributions and Random Generation over Generalized Balls and Spheres” (Manuscript ID: PEIS20141003)
Reviewer for: Communications in Statistics  Simulation and Computation (November 2014)
Referee (11/2014) to the manuscript " A New Test for Multivariate Normality by Combining Extreme and Nonextreme BHEP Tests” (Manuscript ID: LSSP20140314)
Reviewer for: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B (February 2011)
Referee (2/2011) to the manuscript " On a scalescale plot for comparing multivariate distributions" (Manuscript ID: JRSSOASBJan110015, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B)
Reviewer for: Metrika (January 2011)
Referee (1/2011) to the manuscript "A conditional distribution approach to sampling uniformly distributed points on spheres and balls in Lp spaces" (Manuscript No. BO101220, Metrika)
Reviewer for: Communications in Statistics –Theory and Methods (December 2010)
Referee (12/2010) to the manuscript “On an optimal quantization of the support of a continuous multivariate distribution, using a criterion based on mutual information” (LSTA20100701, Communications in Statistics –Theory and Methods)
Reviewer, TEST (July 2010)
Referee (7/2010) to the manuscript “Testing for bivariate spherical symmetry” (SEIOD1000080, TEST)
Reviewer for: Journal of Multivariate Analysis (November 2009)
Referee (11/2009) to the manuscript “A dimensionally reduced finite mixture model for multilevel data” (#JMVA09190, Journal of Multivariate Analysis)
Reviewer for: Computational Statistics & Data Analysis (May 2009)
Referee (5/2009) to the manuscript “Goodnessoffit tests for locationscale families based on random distance” (#CSDA_D_09_00494, Computational Statistics & Data Analysis)
Reviewer for: Communications in Statistics –Theory and Methods (December 2008)
Referee (12/2008) to the manuscript “Correction of bias in imputing missing values of categorical variables” (#LSTA20080574, Communications in Statistics –Theory and Methods)
Reviewer, Statistics (July 2008)
Referee (7/2008) to the manuscript “Testing sphericity using small samples” (GSTA20080013, Statistics)
Reviewer for: Journal of Multivariate Analysis (May 2008)
Referee (5/2008) to the manuscript “Checking for normality in linear mixed models” (#JMVA08159, Journal of Multivariate Analysis)
Referee (3/2008) to the manuscript “A new formulation of the Hinich’s bispectral test for linearity based on a novel QQ plot for testing distributional hypotheses” (#JSPID0800037, Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference)
Reviewer for: Communications in Statistics –Theory and Methods (January 2008)
Referee (1/2008) to the manuscript “Correction of bias in imputing missing values of categorical variables” (#LSTA20080015, Communications in Statistics –Theory and Methods)
Reviewer for: Communications in Statistics –Theory and Methods (December 2007)
Referee (12/2007) to the manuscript “Influence angle cluster approach for high dimensional data sets” (#LSTA20070517, Communications in Statistics –Theory and Methods)
Reviewer, for: Biometrical Journal (September 2007)
Referee (10/2007) to the manuscript “Testing normality for longitudinal studies with missing data” (#BIMJ.200709261, Biometrical Journal)
Reviewer for: Communications in Statistics –Simulation and Computation (August 2007)
Referee (8/2007) to the manuscript “Distribution of the Λcriterion for sphericity test and its connection to a generalized Dirichlet model” (#LSSP20070039, Communications in Statistics –Simulation and Computation)
Reviewer for: Statistics in Medicine (March 2007)
Referee (3/2007) to the manuscript “Inferences on a common correlation coefficient” (#SIM060697, Statistics in Medicine)
Reviewer for: Journal of Multivariate Analysis (October 2006)
Referee (10/2006) to the manuscript “On Mardia's and Song's measures of kurtosis in elliptical distributions” (#JMVA06211, Journal of Multivariate Analysis)
Reviewer for: Statistics Education Research Journal (August 2006)
Referee (8/2006) to the manuscript “Students’ achievements in a statistics course in relation to motivational aspects and study behavior” (#SERJ_MS_06011, Statistics Education Research Journal)
Reviewer for: Journal of Multivariate Analysis (January 2006)
Referee (1/2006) to the manuscript “Influence of averaging observations on ellipsoidal confidence region in bivariate normal samples” (#JMVA069, Journal of Multivariate Analysis)
Reviewer for: Statistics and Probability Letters (September 2005)
Referee (9/2005) to the manuscript “On the regular variation of elliptical random vectors” (#4993, Statistics and Probability Letters)
Reviewer for: Journal of Multivariate Analysis (March 2005)
Referee (3/2005) to the manuscript “Tests for multivariate normality based on the characteristic function” (#JMVA054, Journal of Multivariate Analysis)
Reviewer for: International Statistical Review (February 2005)
Referee (2/2005) to the manuscript “On testing for the nullity of some skewness coefficients” (#ISR/0445, International Statistical Review)
Reviewer for: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B (February 2005)
Referee (2/2005) to the manuscript “Modeling Directional dispersion through hyperspherical logsplines” (#B6054, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B)
Reviewer for: Psychometrika (February 2005)
Referee (2/2005) to the manuscript “Factor analyses for nonnormal variables by fitting characteristic functions” (#PM041268, Psychometrika)
Reviewer for: Journal of Multivariate Analysis (December 2004)
Referee (12/2004) to the manuscript “Sums and ratios for some bivariate Pareto distributions” (#JMVA04129, Journal of Multivariate Analysis)
Reviewer for: Journal of Multivariate Analysis (September 2004)
Referee (9/2004) to the manuscript “Sequences of elliptical distributions and mixtures of normal distributions” (#JMVA0469, Journal of Multivariate Analysis)
Reviewer for: Journal of Multivariate Analysis (September 2004)
Referee (9/2004) to the manuscript “On the ratio x/y for some elliptically symmetric distributions” (#JMVA0459, Journal of Multivariate Analysis)
Reviewer for: Journal of Multivariate Analysis (February 2004)
Referee (2/2004) to the manuscript “On a combination method of VDR and patchwork for generating uniform random points on a unit sphere” (#JMVA138, Journal of Multivariate Analysis)
Reviewer for: Journal of Multivariate Analysis (September 2003)
Referee (9/2003) to the manuscript “Asymptotic robustness of the normal theory likelihood ratio statistic for twolevel covariance structure models” (#JMVA194, Journal of Multivariate Analysis)
Reviewer for: Journal of Multivariate Analysis (June 2003)
Referee (6/2003) to the manuscript “Noncentral quadratic forms of the skew elliptical variables” (#JMVA127, Journal of Multivariate Analysis)
Reviewer for: Behaviormetrika (December 2002)
Referee (12/2002) to the manuscript “An application of multilevel model prediction to NELS:88” (#BHMK0211, Behaviormetrika)
Reviewer for: Journal of Multivariate Analysis (November 2002)
Referee (11/2002) to the manuscript “Testing for affine equivalence of elliptically symmetric distributions (#JMVA20020028, Journal of Multivariate Analysis)
Reviewer for: Journal of Multivariate Analysis (September 2002)
Referee (9/2002) to the manuscript “The Kotztype distribution (#JMVA20020030, Journal of Multivariate Analysis)
Reviewer for: Computational Statistics and Data Analysis (February 2002)
Referee (8/2002) to the manuscript “Eight test statistics for multilevel structural equation models” (#CSDA02139e, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis)
Reviewer for: Psychometrika (December 2001)
Referee (12/2001) to the manuscript “Generalized multilevel structural equation modeling” (#2001938, Psychometrika)
Reviewer for: Computational Statistics and Data Analysis (June 2000)
Referee (6/2000) to the manuscript “The actual size of the chisquare and the likelihood ratio test of independence in a contingency table” (#002022, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis)
Reviewer for: Computational Statistics and Data Analysis (May 2000)
Referee (5/2000) to the manuscript “Large sample test for the equality of two correlated variances” (#002015, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis)
Reviewer for: Biometrical Journal (April 2000)
Referee (4/2000) to the manuscript “Spherical tests in balanced multivariate mixed models” (Biometrical Journal)
Reviewer for: Psychometrika (February 2000)
Referee (2/2000) to the manuscript “Heterogenous factor analysis models: A Bayesian approach observations” (#PM000790, Psychometrika)
Reviewer for: Biometrical Journal (September 1999)
Referee (9/1999) to the manuscript “Detection of pairwise correlations in a multivariate structure” (paper No. 99062301, Biometrical Journal)
Reviewer for: Journal of Multivariate Analysis (September 1999)
Referee (9/1999) to the manuscript “Convergence of factor predictors in factor analysis” (#JMVA990108, Journal of Multivariate Analysis)
Reviewer for: Psychometrika (December 1998).
Referee (12/1998) to the manuscript “Maximum likelihood estimation of latent interaction effects with the LMS method” (#PM98647F, Psychometrika)
Teaching Experience
University of New Haven
QANL 1118, Business Mathematics
QANL 2216, Business Statistics
QANL 6604, Probability & Statistics
Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, Department of Statistics, China
Courses Taught:
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Statistical Principle for Business and Economics
Regression and Linear Models
Multivariate Statistical Analysis
Advanced Mathematics

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