Brenton Clarke  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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    Dr Brenton Clarke
    BSc Hons I, PhD, AStat

    Senior Lecturer

    About me

    After gaining my BSc Hons I from The Flinders University of South Australia I completed a PhD in Statistics while on the Staff at the Australian National University. Subsequently I held a post doctoral position at the University of London’s Royal Holloway College, a Wissenschaftliche mit Arbeiter position at ETH Zurich, and a Visiting Professor position in the Fall semester at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have since worked at Murdoch University at a lecturer level B position 1984-1993 and as a Senior Lecturer 1994-present. I thus have 35 years teaching and research experience at Murdoch University.   My research interests are in areas of robust statistics, linear models, and time series analysis, including collaborations in extractive metallurgy, sustainability, biology and medicine. I teach mathematics and statistics units including units on time series analysis as well as applied statistics and data analytics. At the honours year level I teach Linear Models out of my own research and teaching text  called Linear Models The Theory and Application of Analysis of Variance, a John Wiley & Sons publication. Very recently I have published a second volume which is in the area of robust statistics.  I have a wife and two children.

    Teaching area

    Currently Teaching

    MAS352 Time Series Analysis

    ICT513 Data Analytics

    MAS514 Research Methods in Statistics

    MAS511 Honours Topic in Statistics

    MAS223 Applied Statistics

    Honours Units  include Linear Models, Robust Computational Statistics,

    and Medical Statistics

    Research areas

    My areas of research include Linear Models, Time Series, and Robust Statistics, with applications in other areas such as biology, medicine and environment and sustainability and extractive metallurgy.

    Current projects

    I am collaborating with an extractive metallurgist and a fellow statistician from UWA re classification of gold ore.

    I am also working on a joint project with a veterinary researcher from the UK and colleagues here in mathematics and statistics on ACTH levels in horses.

    In the last year I have been working with Professor Ela Wendell on analysis of desalination data to do with membranes used for desalination purposes. This is ongoing research with Dr Ross Bowden and PhD Candidate Xu Li.

    More generally I am interested in outlier detection using adaptive techniques with applications.

    Awards and grants

    2011 Measuring common adverse events, dose response and efficacy from usual chiropractic care. A randomised controlled trial.    Walker, Bruce;  Clarke, Brenton; Losco, Barrett.    Chiropractors Registration Board of Victoria (CRBV)

    2013 Elected Member of the ISI

    Events and speaking engagements

    2012 Contributed talk to the Australian Statistics Conference (ASC2012)

    2013 Contributed talk to the IBS Australasian Regional Conference: Biometrics by the Canals in Mandurah.

    2015 Contributed talk to the IBS Australasian Regional Conference: Biometrics by the Harbour: Hobart

    2016 Contributed Talk at International Conference on Robust Statistics 2016 in Geneva.

    2016 Contributed Talk at The International Conference on Environmental Statistics, Edinburgh.

    2016 Contributed Talks at the University of Glasgow and NTNU Trondheim.

    Professional and community service

    2004-5 Vice President of the Statistical Society of Australia WA Branch Inc.

    2006-8 President of the Statistical Society of Australia WA Branch Inc.

    2010 Chair of the Program Committee Australian Statistics Conference 2010

    2010 Member of the organizing committee ASC2010

    2012 Member of the Program Committee ASC2012

    2012-2016, 2018-2019 Chair of the Frank Hansford-Miller Fellowship Committee WA Branch SSAI Inc. Including arranging visits to Murdoch University 2013 Dr Janet Godolphin, University of Surrey and 2015 Professor Adrian Bowman, University of Glasgow

    2012-13 Member of the Scientific Committee for the Regional IBS Conference in Mandurah Dec 2013

    2014-19 Member of the Awards Funding Committee for the International Biometrics Society

    2017 Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Robust Statistics, held in Wollongong, NSW, July.

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    1999 David Gamble, PhD, The analysis of contaminated tidal data

    2005 Daniel D Schubert PhD A multivariate adaptive trimmed likelihood algorithm

    2018 Ross S Bowden PHD Modelling Joint Autoregressive Moving Average Processes




    • Clarke, B., (2018),Robustness Theory and Application,John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
    • Clarke, B., (2008),Linear Models, The Theory and Application of Analysis of Variance,John Wiley & Sons.


    • Clarke, B., Simes, D., Mouchel, B., (2018), Anaesthesia Clinicians Estimate Blood Pressure by Feeling the Radial Pulse: A Randomised, Controlled Trial, Biostatistics and Biometrics Open Access Journal, 5, 1, pages 2573 - 2633.
    • Bowden, R., Clarke, B., (2017), Using multivariate time series methods to estimate location and climate change effects on temperature readings employed in electricity demand simulation, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics, 59, 4, pages 413 - 431.
    • Clarke, B., Davidson, T., Hammarstrand, R., (2017), A comparison of the L2 minimum distance estimatorand the EM-algorithm when fitting k-componentunivariate normal mixtures, Statistical Papers, 58, , pages 1247 - 1266.
    • Clarke, B., Holler, A., Muller, C., Wamahiu, K., (2017), Investigation of the performance of trimmedestimators of life time distributions with censoring, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics, 59, 4, pages 513 - 525.
    • Muller, C., Szugat, S., Celik, N., Clarke, B., (2016), Trimmed likelihood estimators for lifetime experiments and their influence functions, Statistics, 50, 3, pages 505 - 524.
    • Barton, A., Clarke, B., Dell, B., Knight, A., (2014), Post-emergent herbicidal activity of cineole derivatives, Journal of Pest Science, 87, 3, pages 531 - 541.
    • Walker, B., Hebert, J., Stomski, N., Clarke, B., Bowden, R., Losco, B., French, S., (2013), Outcomes of Usual Chiropractic. The OUCH Randomized Controlled Trial of Adverse Events, Spine (Philadelphia, 1976), 38, 20, pages 1723 - 1729.
    • Clarke, B., McKinnon, P., Riley, G., (2012), A fast robust method for fitting gamma distributions, Statistical Papers, 53, 4, pages 1001 - 1014.
    • Bowden, R., Clarke, B., (2012), A single series representation of multiple independent ARMA processes, Journal of Time Series Analysis, 33, 2, pages 304 - 311.
    • Gaikhorst, G., Clarke, B., McPharlin, M., Larkin, B., McLaughlin, J., Mayes, J., (2011), The captive husbandry and reproduction of the pink-eared turtle (Emydura victoriae) at Perth Zoo, Zoo Biology, 30, 1, pages 79 - 94.
    • Walker, B., Losco, B., Clarke, B., Hebert, J., French, S., Stomski, N., (2011), Outcomes of Usual Chiropractic, Harm & efficacy, the OUCH study: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial, Trials, 12, , pages -.
    • Bednarski, T., Clarke, B., Schubert, D., (2010), Adaptive trimmed likelihood estimation in regression, Discussiones Mathematicae. Probability and Statistics, 30, 2, pages 203 - 219.
    • Matson, P., Power, V., Kappelle, W., Clarke, B., (2008), Urine osmolality is equivalent to creatinine concentration for normalising urinary progestogen in the numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus), Australian Mammalogy, 30, , pages 43 - 45.
    • Matson, P., Webb, S., Kappelle, W., Clarke, B., (2007), The Benefits and Limitations of the Sperm Quality Analyzer IIB in Assessing Porcine Sperm Motility, Archives of Andrology: Journal of Reproductive Systems, 53, , pages 359 - 365.
    • Clarke, B., Futschik, A., (2007), On the convergence of Newton's method when estimating higher dimensional parameters, Journal of Multivariate Analysis, 98, 5, pages 916 - 931.
    • Clarke, B., Schubert, D., (2006), An adaptive trimmed likelihood algorithm for identification of multivariate outliers, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics, 48, 3, pages 353 - 371.
    • Clarke, B., McKinnon, P., (2005), Robust inference and modelling for the single ion channel, Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, 75, 7, pages 513 - 529.
    • Clarke, B., Monaco, A., (2004), Some inferential questions in regard to analysing two-way layouts and associated linear model theory and practice, Discussiones Mathematicae. Probability and Statistics, 24, , pages 183 - 195.
    • Futschik, A., Clarke, B., (2004), Improving bandwidth selection methods by adding qualitative constraints, Computational Statistics, 19, , pages 445 - 453.
    • Clarke, B., Milne, C., (2004), Small sample bias correction for Huber's proposal-2 Scale M-estimator, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics, 46, 4, pages 649 - 656.
    • Clarke, B., (2002), A representation of orthogonal components in analysis of variance, International Mathematical journal, 1, , pages 133 - 147.
    • Bednarski, T., Clarke, B., (2002), Asymptotics for an adaptive trimmed likelihood location estimator, Statistics, 36, 1, pages 1 - 8.
    • Clarke, B., (2000), An adaptive method of estimation and outlier detection in regression applicable for small to moderate sample sizes, Discussiones Mathematicae. Probability and Statistics, 20, 1, pages 25 - 50.
    • Clarke, B., Gamble, D., Bednarski, T., (2000), A note on robustness of the beta-trimmed mean, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics, 42, 1, pages 113 - 117.
    • Clarke, B., (2000), A remark on robustness and weak continuity of M-estimators, Journal of the Australian Mathematical Society. Series A: Pure Mathematics and Statistics, 68, , pages 411 - 418.
    • Clarke, B., (2000), A review of differentiability in relation to robustness with an application to seismic data analysis, Proceedings of the Indian Science Academy- Series A (Physical Sciences), 66, 5, pages 467 - 482.
    • Bednarski, T., Clarke, B., (1998), On locally uniform expansions of regular functionals, Discussiones Mathematicae: Algebra and Stochastic Methods, 18, , pages 155 - 165.
    • Clarke, B., Lewis, T., (1998), An outlier problem in the determination of ore grade, Journal of Applied Statistics, 25, 6, pages 751 - 762.


    • Clarke, B., (2013),A small sample bias correction and implicationsfor inference,In: 59th ISI World Statistics Congress.