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Esther Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Statistics

Office Phone: (951) 343-4942
Office Location: James 479
Office Hours: Mon, Wed, and Fri 3-5pm; Wed 1-3 by appointment only

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Economics / Econometrics University of California, Irvine 2010
  • Courses Taught

    - Statistics classes: Statistical Mathematics I & II, Statistical Computing I & II, Research and Experimental Design, Applied linear regression, Survey and sampling methodologies, Advanced Statistical Methodologies, Capstone
    - Econometrics classes: Econometrics, Applied Econometrics I
    - Economics classes: Accounting, Introduction to Economics, Intermediate Microeconomics

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Her methodological interests include models of multivariate categorical outcomes, Bayesian model comparison, and machine learning. Her applied research interests include treatment of adolescent alcohol and drug use, time series modeling and forecasting of housing market prices, and predicting the dynamics and socioeconomic impacts of COVID19.

    Keywords: Machine learning, Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC), Bayesian inference, forecasting, statistical and modeling tools, big data analysis, and international economics

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    EViews Lecturer, Bayesian VAR (2013-2014)
    Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, UC Irvine (2007-2009)
    Guest Lecturer, EViews and Stata training sessions for MBA students (CEO Program for General Management and Business), Yonsei University (2002-2004)
    Guest Lecturer, Predicting the dynamics of COVID19 using SIR and SEIR models, Yonsei University (2020)

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    "Lockdown, Trackdown or Herd Immunity: A Comparison of the Daily COVID19 Cases and Related Deaths Using SIR Prediction," Work in progress, 2020.
    "The Influence of Peers and Parents on Adolescent Substance Use," with Robert G. LaChausse and Jessica Folmer, Western Psychological Association Conference, 2019.
    "The Risk of Probable Depression Associated with Unmarried Status in Older Korean Immigrants: Would Men and Women Differ?" with Sanggon Nam and Yuri Jang, Western Psychological Association Conference, 2018.
    “Copula Analysis of Correlated Counts," Advances in Econometrics: Bayesian Model Comparison, 34, 325 - 348, 2014.
    “MCMC Perspectives on Simulated Likelihood Estimation," with Ivan Jeliazkov, Advances in Econometrics: Maximum Simulated Likelihood, 26, 3-39, 2010.
    “Review of Fluctuations in Land and Stock Prices in the Japanese Economy," The Korean Journal of Economics, 16 (1), 95-122, 2009.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Member of Koinonia Community Baptist Church (KCBC)
    Sunday School Teacher, KCBC, 2007-present
    College Bible Study Staff, Asian Baptist Student Koinonia, 2011-present
    Summer mission trip, Seed of Hope, Myanmar (2013-2015), Alaska (2016), and Korea (2017)
    Choir member, Remnant Baptist Church and KCBS, 1999-present

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Volunteer, Bible teacher, Orange County Rescue Mission

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Singing, computer programming, and playing the piano

  • Personal Philosophy

    And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23, ESV)