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James J. Filliben

Jim Filliben received his B.A. in Mathematics from LaSalle College (1965) and his Ph.D. in Statistics from Princeton University (1969). He then joined NIST for a career that currently spans 39 years.

His research interests include exploratory data analysis, statistical graphics, experiment design, distributional modeling, time series analysis, computational modeling (validation & verification, calibration, and optimization), and sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. He has been an energetic teacher and educator, and an eclectic collaborator in the widest range of scientific and engineering projects. He has published more than 60 technical papers, given more than 250 talks, and taught many courses inside and outside of NIST.

Jim has led SED teams in the production of web-based references that include StRD: Standard Reference Datasets for Statistical Software Testing, and the NIST/SEMATECH e-Handbook of Statistical Methods. Some of his high-profile NIST projects include Selective Service Draft Lottery, HUD Operation Breakthrough Total Energy Project (BFRL), DOT Daylight Saving Time Study, NIJ Ballistics Database Feasibility Study (MEL & EEEL), and World Trade Center Collapse Analysis (BFRL).

Technical Areas of Research and Consulting:

  • Exploratory data analysis
  • Statistical graphics
  • Experiment design
  • Statistical computing (he is the author of Dataplot--an interactive, multiplatform, integrated graphics and analysis software system for scientists and engineers

Current Projects/Duties:

Professional Activities and Societies and Standards Activities:

  • Publications
  • American Statistical Association, Member
  • American Society for Quality Control, Member


  • Department of Commerce Silver Medal, 2003
  • Department of Commerce Gold Medal, 1984
  • Department of Commerce Bronze Medal, 1981


Mathematical Statistician
Statistical Engineering Division


  • B.A. (Mathematics), LaSalle College, 1965
  • Ph.D. (Statistics), Princeton University, 1969

Phone: 301-975-2853
Fax: 301-975-3144