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Michael P. Cohen

1615 Q Street NW #T-1

Washington, D.C. 20009-6310

(202) 254-5532 (work) (202) 232-4651 (home)

mpcohen@juno.com, mcohenc@gmu.edu


Employment


Senior Consultant to National Opinion Research Center (NORC), Washington DC 20006, October 2007 to present


Work on sample design, data analysis, sample selection, and documentation for surveys of records and transactions for the Office of Historical Trust Accounting of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The records and transactions sampled pertain to individual American Indian monies and Tribal monies.


Adjunct Professor, Department of Statistics, George Mason University, Fairfax VA 22030, January 2007 to present.


Teach Statistics for Engineering and Science II and Statistical Computer Packages.


Statistical Consultant, Washington, D.C. 20009, March 2006 to present.


Consultant on proposals to the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Transportation.

Assistant Director for Survey Programs, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, RITA, U.S DOT, Washington, D.C. 20590, May 2002 to March 2006 (early federal retirement).


Head of the Office of Survey Programs (OSP). Responsibilities included directing the survey programs of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The OSP survey programs include the Commodity Flow Survey (joint with the Census Bureau), the National Household Travel Survey (joint with the Federal Highway Administration), the Omnibus Household Survey, and targeted surveys (e.g. two surveys of mariners, surveys of general aviation pilots, bicyclists and pedestrians, and persons with disabilities).

Senior Mathematical Statistician, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Washington, D.C. 20590, July 2000 to May 2002.


Member of the Office of Survey Programs. Responsibilities included planning for the American Freight Survey, research for the National Household Travel Survey, sample design and modeling for the Commodity Flow Survey, statistical standards and guidelines for the U.S. Department of Transportation, and technical consulting.

Mathematical Statistician, National Center for Education Statistics, Washington, D.C. 20208, January 1987 to July 2000.


Member of the Statistical Standards Program (formerly called the Statistical Standards and Methodology Division). Responsibilities included technical consulting on survey design, sampling, weighting, imputation, and other methodological issues. Did research on hierarchical linear models (multilevel models), particularly sample size issues and applications to education, and on imputation. Was a liaison to the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative.


Mathematical Statistician, Division of Price Statistical Methods, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, D.C. 20212, September 1979 to January 1987.


Responsibilities included variance estimation for the U. S. Consumer Price Index (CPI), estimation of the components of variance, small area estimation of the CPI base cost weights, imputation techniques, principal person weighting and collapsing techniques for the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Surveys, and related applied research problems. Developed (with John P. Sommers) the method for estimating the base cost weights (and for evaluating the estimation procedure) that was implemented in the 1987 CPI Revision. Developed the method and estimated the components of variance for the CPI that were an input to the CPI survey design cost model. Served as the lead mathematical statistician on the Cost Weight and Index Estimation Interdivisional CPI Revision Working Groups.


Education


Ph. D. Mathematics (Applied Mathematics Program),

University of California, Los Angeles, 1978

Specialty: Statistics

Dissertation: “Fisher Information and Estimators of Location-Scale Parameters”

Advisor: Charles J. Stone

Experience as both a research and teaching assistant


M. A. Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1971


B. A. Mathematics (Minor in Economics)

(with Honors) University of California, San Diego, La Jolla California, 1969


Publications


Z. Zhang, M. P. Cohen, and D. Wright, “Intraclass Correlation Patterns of Cognitive and Behavioral Measures of Illicit Drug Use Within Six Major Metropolitan Areas,” 2008 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, forthcoming


M. P. Cohen, “Auxiliary Variable,” “Inference,” “Proxy Respondent,” “Raking,” and “Unit Nonresponse.” In Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods (Paul J. Lavrakas, ed.), Volumes I and II, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2008, pp. 45-46, 333-334, 633, 671-673, 927-928


L. Giesbrecht, J. Bose, and M. P. Cohen, “Measuring Exposure to Vehicle Crashes,” Chance, 2006, Vol. 19, No. 1, 22-27


M. P. Cohen, “Some Thoughts on Fellows Program,” (Letter to the Editor), Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 2006, Vol. 53, No. 10, 1182-1183


M. P. Cohen, “The Order 5 General Bimagic Square,” Journal of Recreational Mathematics, 2005-2006, Vol. 34, No. 2, 107-111


M. P. Cohen, Solution to Problem 2683: “Smarandache Flitorial Functions,” Journal of Recreational Mathematics, 2005-2006, Vol. 34, No. 2, 154


M. P. Cohen, Solution to Problem 2685: “3-D Matchsticks,” Journal of Recreational Mathematics, 2005-2006, Vol. 34, No. 2, 155


M. P. Cohen, Solution to Editor’s Question on Problem 2628: “Degree Two Equations,” Journal of Recreational Mathematics, 2005-2006, Vol. 34, No. 1, 69


M. P. Cohen, Solution to Problem 2679: “Fractured Rods,” Journal of Recreational Mathematics, 2005-2006, Vol. 34, No. 1, 76-78


M. P. Cohen, “Sample Size Considerations for Multilevel Surveys,” International Statistical Review, 2005, Vol. 73, No. 3, 279-287


L. Giesbrecht, J. Bose, and M. P. Cohen, “Developing Exposure Measures to Evaluate Vehicle Accident Risk,” 2005 Proceedings of the Joint Statistical Meetings, American Statistical Association, 1868-1873


M. P. Cohen, “Discussion: Analysis of Call History to Improve Telephone SurveysSurvey Analysis Applications,” 2004 Proceedings of the Joint Statistical Meetings, American Statistical Association, 3373-3375


M. P. Cohen, “Imputation Allowing Standard Variance Formulas,” Journal of Data Science, 2003, Vol. 1, No. 3, 275-292


J. Bose, J. N. Russell, L. H. Giesbrecht, and M. P. Cohen, “Characteristics of Nontelephone Households: A Supplement Survey of Two Travel-related Surveys,” 2003 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 673-678


M. P. Cohen, Solution to Problem 2537: “Morra,” Journal of Recreational Mathematics, 2002-2003, Vol. 31, No. 3, 234-235


M. P. Cohen, Solution to Problem 2494: “A Passing Truck,” Journal of Recreational Mathematics, 2002-2003, Vol. 31, No. 1, 78-79


M. P. Cohen, “Implementing Rao-Shao Type Variance Estimation with Replicate Weights,” Survey Methodology, 2002, Vol. 28, No. 1, 97-101


M. P. Cohen, “Imputation of Persons Not Interviewed in Household Travel Surveys,” 2002 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 601-603


M. P. Cohen, Additional Solution to Problem 25 from Problem Corner: “Special Agents in Afghanistan,” Chance, 2002, Vol. 15, No. 4, 57


M. P. Cohen, Solution to Problem 24 from Problem Corner: “Random Roots,” Chance, 2002, Vol. 15, No. 3, 56-57


M. P. Cohen, “Sample Size Considerations for Multilevel Surveys,” Bulletin of the International Statistical Institute, 53rd Session Proceedings, 2001, 407-410, invited paper, Seoul


M. P. Cohen, “Household Travel Surveys: Within Household Sampling?” 2001 Proceedings of the Joint Statistical Meetings, American Statistical Association, 2 pages


M. P. Cohen, “Sample Size Considerations for Multilevel Surveys,” Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology Research Conference, 2001, Thursday, B Sessions, 75-79


M. P. Cohen, Solution to Problem 20 from Problem Corner: “The Florida Election Recount,” Chance, 2001, Vol. 14, No. 3, 59-60


M. P. Cohen, “Note on the Odds Ratio and the Probability Ratio,” Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, 2000, Vol. 25, No. 2, 249-252


M. P. Cohen, “Comment on the Cauchy Distribution and Trigonometric Formulas,” (Letter to the Editor), The American Statistician, 2000, Vol. 54, No. 4, 326


M. C. Bokossa, G. G. Huang, and M. P. Cohen, “Imputation of Test Scores in the National Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88),” 2000 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 191-196


F. Zhang, S. Salvucci, and M. Cohen, “Multilevel Linear Regression Analysis of Complex Survey Data,” 2000 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 197-202


M. P. Cohen and G. G. Huang, “Analyzing Survey Data by Complete-Case and Available-Case Methods,” 2000 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 289-294


M. P. Cohen, Additional Solution to Problem 14 from Problem Corner: “A Characterization of the Bernoulli Distribution,” Chance, 2000, Vol. 13, No. 2, 59-60


M. P. Cohen, “More Mathematics in Its Place,” (Letter to the Editor), Mathematical Intelligencer, 2000, Vol. 22, No. 1, 5


M. P. Cohen, Book Review of Bootstrap Methods and Their Application by A. C. Davison and

D. V. Hinkley, Journal of Official Statistics, 2000, Vol. 16, No. 1, 77-79


M. P. Cohen, “Generating Heronian Triangles with Consecutive Integer Sides,” Journal of Recreational Mathematics, 1999-2000, Vol. 30, No. 2, 121-124


L. Kuo and M. P. Cohen, “Bayesian Analysis for Linearized Multi-Stage Models in Quantal Bioassay,” Biometrical Journal, 1999, Vol. 41, 53-69


M. P. Cohen, “Small Area Estimation for the Distribution of Parameters with Covariates,” 1999 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 655-659


M. P. Cohen, “Discussion on the Papers by Firth and Bennett, and Pfeffermann et al.,” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B, 1998, Vol. 60, Part 1, 47


M. P. Cohen, “Determining Sample Sizes for Surveys with Data Analyzed by Hierarchical Linear Models,” Journal of Official Statistics, 1998, Vol. 14, No. 3, 267-275


M. Hu, S. Salvucci, and M. P. Cohen, “Evaluation of Some Popular Imputation Algorithms,” 1998 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 308-313


M. P. Cohen, “Small Area Estimation for the Distribution of Parameters,” 1998 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 345-348


M. P. Cohen, Problem 2463: “Even Chance Revisited,” Journal of Recreational Mathematics, 1998, Vol. 29, No. 4, 303


G. G. Huang, S. Weng, F. Zhang, and M. P. Cohen “Outmigration Among Rural High School Graduates: The Effect of Academic and Vocational Programs,” Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 1997, Vol. 19, No. 4, 360-372


F. Zhang, M. P. Cohen, and S. Salvucci, “An Empirical Study of Variance Estimates of Raking Ratio Adjusted Estimators,” 1997 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 535-540


M. Hu, F. Zhang, M. P. Cohen, and S. Salvucci, “On the Performance of Replication-Based Variance Estimation Methods with Small Number of PSUs,” 1997 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 541-546


S. Weng, S. Salvucci, and M. P. Cohen, “An Alternative Jackknife Procedure for NAEP Variance Estimation,” 1997 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 547-551


M. P. Cohen, “The Bayesian Bootstrap and Multiple Imputation for Unequal Probability Sample Designs,” 1997 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 635-638


M. P. Cohen, “A New Approach to Imputation,” 1996 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 293-298


M. Hu, S. Salvucci, S. S. Weng, and M. P. Cohen, “Evaluation of Proc Impute and Schafer’s Multiple Imputation Software,” 1996 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 287-292


G. G. Huang, M. P. Cohen, S. S. Weng, and F. Zhang, “Effect of High School Programs on Out-Migration of Rural Graduates,” 1996 Proceedings of the Section on Government Statistics, American Statistical Association, 246-251


M. P. Cohen, “Sample Sizes for Survey Data Analyzed with Hierarchical Linear Models,” 1995 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 690-693


S. S. Weng, F. Zhang, and M. P. Cohen, “Variance Estimates Comparison by Statistical Software,” 1995 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 333-338


M. P. Cohen, “Does the Size of the Population Matter?” Disseminations of the Third International Statistics in Industry Conference, International Statistical Applications Institute, 1994, 94


M. P. Cohen, “Integrated Sampling of Education Institutions,” 1994 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 638-640


M. P. Cohen, “Discussion,” Display of Environmental Data for Management, 1993 Proceedings of the Section on Statistics and the Environment, American Statistical Association, 15-16


D. Wright and M. P. Cohen, “National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): Nonresponse Study,” 1993 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 504-507


M. P. Cohen, “Price Indexes for Institutions of Higher Education,” 1992 Proceedings of the Business and Economics Statistics Section, American Statistical Association, 282-285


M. P. Cohen, “Position Statement,” The Future of Statistical Software: Proceedings of a Forum, National Academy Press, 1991, 81


M. P. Cohen, “Error Analysis of Estimates for Less-Than-Two-Year Postsecondary Education Institutions,” 1990 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 511-514


M. P. Cohen and P. E. Kroe, “National Estimates of Higher Education: School Year 1988-89,” U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Publication CS 89-315, 1988, 10 pages


S. G. Leaver, W. Weber, M. P. Cohen, and K. Archer, “Item-Outlet Sample Redesign for the 1987 US Consumer Price Index Revision,” Proceedings of the 46th Session of the International Statistical Institute, 278-289, invited paper, Tokyo, 1987


S. G. Leaver, W. Weber, M. P. Cohen, and K. Archer, “Determining an Optimal Item-Outlet Sample Design for the 1987 Consumer Price Index Revision,” 1986 Proceedings of the Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association, 499-504


M. P. Cohen and L. Kuo, “The Admissibility of the Empirical Distribution Function,” Annals of Statistics, 1985, Vol. 13, No. 1, 262-271

M. P. Cohen and L. Kuo, “Minimax Sampling Strategies for Estimating a Finite Population Distribution Function,” Statistics and Decisions, 1985, Vol. 3, 205-224


M. P. Cohen and J. P. Sommers, “Evaluation of Methods of Composite Estimation of Cost Weights for the CPI,” 1984 Proceedings of the Business and Economics Statistics Section, American Statistical Association, 466-471


Awards


Fellow, American Educational Research Association, bestowed in 2009

Member, Sigma Xi, elected in 2008

Elected Member, International Statistical Institute, elected in 2006

Fellow, American Statistical Association, bestowed in 2004: “For technical contributions to a wide range of topics in survey research; for technical leadership within government organizations; and for outstanding service to the profession.”

Cash Awards, National Center for Education Statistics, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, and 1999, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2003

Quality Step Increases, National Center for Education Statistics, 1988, 1991, 1994, and 1996

NCES Peer Recognition Award, Special Recognition, 1990

NCES Peer Recognition Award, Organizational Distinction, 1992

Fellow, Washington Academy of Sciences, bestowed in 1997

President’s Award, Washington Statistical Society (WSS), 1999, “for outstanding service to the WSS”

U.S. Department of Transportation EEO Award, 2001, for developing database and software for evaluation of the mediation program


Professional Societies

American Statistical Association, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, International Association of Survey Statisticians, Transportation Research Forum, American Association for Public Opinion Research, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, American Mathematical Society, Mathematical Association of America, INFORMS, American Educational Research Association, and others


Invited Talks, Chairing, and Discussing


Chair, Session on Recent Developments in Transportation Statistics, Joint Statistical Meetings, Denver, August 2008

Discussant, Session on Topics in Estimation and Modeling for National and International Surveys, Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology Research Conference, Arlington VA, November 2007

Chair, Session on Sampling Issues and Variance Estimation, Joint Statistical Meetings, Salt Lake City, 2007

Chair and Organizer, Student Paper Award Session, Joint Statistical Meetings, Seattle, 2006

Invited talk, Joint Statistical Meetings, Minneapolis, August 2005

Chair, Session on Issues in Transportation Statistics, Joint Statistical Meetings, Minneapolis, August 2005

Discussant, Joint Statistical Meetings, Toronto, August 2004

Chair, Session on Estimating Variance in the Presence of Missing Data, Joint Statistical Meetings, New York City, August 2002

Invited talk, 53rd Session of the International Statistical Institute, Seoul, August 2001

Discussant, Session on Use of Hierarchical Modeling in Substance Abuse Surveys, Washington Statistical Society, September 2000

Chair, Session on Sample Design, Design Effects, and Split Questionnaires, Joint Statistical Meetings, Indianapolis, August 2000

Discussant, Session on Alternate Response Modes, International Conference on Establishment Surveys II, Buffalo, June 2000

Discussant, Session on Analyses of National Data, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 2000

Discussant, Roundtable on Model Selection for Bayesian Networks, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 2000

Chair, Session on Applications of Structural Modeling, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 2000

Invited talk, Washington Statistical Society, December 1999

Discussant, Session on Bayesian Analysis of Mortality Rates, Washington Statistical Society, November 1998

Invited talk, Bureau of the Census Statistical Research Division Lecture Series, August 1998

Discussant, Session on “Multivariate Data Analysis Issues,” Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, March 1997

Discussant, Session on Components of Variance for the Consumer Price Index, Washington Statistical Society, March 1996

Discussant, Session on System Understanding and Statistical Uncertainty Bounds for a Small Amount of Data, Washington Statistical Society, January 1995

Chairperson, Invited Paper Session on Remote Sensing, Joint Statistical Meetings, Toronto, August 1994

Chairperson/Organizer, Session on National and International Statistical Standards, Joint Statistical Meetings, San Francisco, August 1993

Discussant, Session on “Display of Environmental Data for Management,” Joint Statistical Meetings, San Francisco, August 1993

Discussant, Session on “Using Monte Carlo Methods to Study Statistical Problems,” Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Atlanta, April 1993

Chairperson, Session on Nonresponse Adjustment, Washington Statistical Society, February 1993

Chairperson, Session on New Technology for Establishment Surveys, Washington Statistical Society, November 1992

Discussant, Variance Estimation Seminar II, Washington Statistical Society, November 1991

Chairperson, Session on Statistical Theory and Methods, Mid-Atlantic Probability and Statistics Day, Washington, October 1990

Discussant, Session on Multivariate Methods, Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, March 1989

Chairperson/Organizer, Session on Composite Estimation, Joint Statistical Meetings, Chicago, August 1986

Chairperson, Session on Nonparametric Estimation, Joint Statistical Meetings, Las Vegas, August 1985

Invited talk, Washington Statistical Society, November 1984


Professional Offices


Member, ad hoc committee of the American Statistical Association on the organization of the research, statistics, and technology programs within the U.S. Department of Justice

Elected Representative at Large, WINFORMS (DC Chapter of INFORMS, the operations research society), 2009-2010

Adjunct Professor, George Mason University Department of Statistics, 2007-present (teaching

Statistics for Engineering and Science II and Statistical Computing Packages)

President-Elect, Washington Statistical Society, 2006-2007; President, 2007-2008; Past President, 2008-2009

Elected Program Chair, American Statistical Association Government Statistics Section, 2006

Chair, American Statistical Association Committee on Representatives to the American

Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005-2008, reappointed for 2008-2011

Associate Editor, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Applications and Case Studies,

2004-2006

Associate Editor, Journal of Official Statistics, 2003-present

Member, Mathematical Association of America Committee on Mathematics and the Environment, 2004-2007

Elected Treasurer for 2004 (Associate Treasurer in 2003), Washington DC / Baltimore Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research

Elected Publications Officer, American Statistical Association Section on Survey Research Methods, 2003-2004

Member, Subcommittee on International Travel Behavior (A1C04(3)), Transportation Research Board, 2003-2006

Member, Committee on Statistical Methodology and Statistical Computer Software in Transportation Research (A5011), Transportation Research Board, 2002-2005

Member, Subcommittee on Census Data for Transportation Planning (A1D08(1)), Transportation Research Board, 2002-2006

Member, Subcommittee on Behavioral Aspects of Freight Transportation (A1C04(5)), Transportation Research Board, 2002-2006

Member, Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology Research Conference Planning Committee, 2002-2003 and 2004-2005

Elected President, Washington Academy of Sciences, President-Elect 2002-2003, President 2003-2004

Elected Treasurer, Philosophical Society of Washington, 2002 term, re-elected 2003 term

Member, Interagency Group on Establishment Nonresponse, 2002-2006

Member, Intergovernmental Committee on the American Community Survey, 2001-2006

Elected Corresponding Secretary, Philosophical Society of Washington, 2000-2001 term

Elected Member at Large, Board of Directors, Philosophical Society of Washington, 1999-2000

Term

Elected Treasurer, American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group on National Databases, 1998-99 term, reelected 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 terms

Elected Secretary, Washington Academy of Sciences, 1997-98 term; re-elected 1998-99 term and

1999-2000 term

Historian, Washington Statistical Society, 1996-2006

Member, Board of Managers, Washington Academy of Sciences, 1996-present

Elected Methodology Program/Section Chairperson, Board of Directors, Washington Statistical

Society (WSS), 1993-1995 term, organized and chaired numerous WSS methodology sessions during this period

Member, Membership Committee, Washington Statistical Society, 1992-93

Appointed member, American Statistical Association Committee on National and International

Statistical Standards, 1990-1992, reappointed for 1993-95, chairperson 1994-95

Elected Representative-at-Large, Board of Directors, Washington Statistical Society, 1990-1992

Term

Member of Technical Advisory Group, National Center for Education Statistics, 1987-1989

Bureau of Labor Statistics Statistical Seminar Committee Member, 1980-1984



Refereeing of Papers


Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (Japan), Annals of Statistics (U.S.), Journal of Chemometrics, Survey Methodology (Canada), Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Official Statistics, Biometrical Journal, papers for the annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association, Journal of Transportation and Statistics, Communications in Statistics, papers for the annual meetings of the Transportation Research Board, Psychological Methods, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Journal of Statistics Education, Accident Analysis and Prevention