Dr Kevin S McCarter
ph d Statistician educator researcher Adventurer Amateur Astronomer

A little bit

about me

I am a Statistician with over 25 years of experience working in academia as an educator, collaborator, and researcher. I hold the M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics. At the undergraduate level I majored in Mathematics and Computer Information Systems.

In addition to working in academia, I have worked in various industries as a biostatistician, database designer/developer, and applications programmer.

I am a certified SCUBA diver with a NAUI Master rating, the highest non-commercial SCUBA rating. I am also a private pilot.

I am an amateur astronomer, and love all things scientific: outer space, inner space; land, air, and sea; empirical, theoretical; mathematical, statistical.

Lastly, but foremost, because it is most fundamental, I am a believer in God and a follower of Christ. My belief in God and my faith in the Messiah both motivates and informs my pursuit of knowledge about His creation, for the betterment of mankind and, ultimately, for His Glory.


Hebrews 11:6; Colossians 2:3

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Research
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A sample of research publications

Courses I teach

All research is collaborative

Selected Publications

Precision Agriculture and the Development of Variable-Rate Treatment Prescriptions

Specifications of a Prototype Software System for Developing Variable-Rate Treatment Prescriptions for Use in Precision Agriculture,


by McCarter, K.S., Burris, E., Milliken, G.A., Clawson, E.L., Wong, H.Y., Willers, J. L.


Proceedings of the Nineteenth Annual Kansas State University Conference on Applied Statistics in Agriculture.

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Accounting For Spatial Correlation Using Radial Smoothers In Statistical Models Used For Developing Variable-Rate Treatment Prescriptions,


by McCarter, K., Burris, E.


Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Precision Agriculture.

Evaluation of the Effects of Telone II (Fumigation) on Nitrogen Management and Yield in Louisiana Delta Cotton,


by E. Burris, D. Burns, K.S. McCarter, C. Overstreet, M. Wolcott.


Precision Agriculture.

Applications of

Multivariate Statistical Analysis

Medicine and Health Care

Cochlear Trajectory In Pediatric Patients,


by Jackson, N. M., Givens, V. B., Carpenter, C. C., Allen, L. M., Morrell, B. B., Hurth, C., Arriaga, M. A., Ying, Y.-L. M., Arcement, C., McCarter, K. S. and Jeyakumar, A.


The Laryngoscope.

Use of Brief Smoking Consequences Questionnaire for Adults (SCQ-A) in African-American Smokers,


by Jeffries, Shawn K., Catley, Delwyn, Okuyemi, Kolawole S., Nazir, Niaman, McCarter, Kevin S., Grobe, James E., Ahluwalia, Jasjit S.


Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Developing electronic noses and tongues

Chemistry

Nose of a Golden Retriever Dog
Chef tasting food from pot

Ionic Liquid-Based Optoelectronic Sensor Arrays for Chemical Detection,


by Waduge Indika S. Galpothdeniya, Kevin S. McCarter, Sergio L. De Rooy, Bishnu P. Regmi, Susmita Das, Farhana Hasan, Attres Tagge and Isiah M. Warner.


RSC Advances.

for detecting, differentiating, and identifying chemical constituents in both air and aqueous solutions.

Virtual Colorimetric Sensor Array: Single Ionic Liquid for Solvent Discrimination,


by Galpothdeniya, Waduge Indika S., Bishnu Prasad Regmi, Kevin S McCarter, Sergio L. De Rooy, Noureen Siraj, and Isiah M Warner.


Analytical Chemistry.

Vapor identification and molecular weight approximation,


by Speller, Nicholas C., Noureen Siraj, Kevin S. McCarter, Stephanie Vaughan, Isiah M. Warner.


Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical.

Ratiometric fluorescence detection of hydroxyl radical using cyanine-based binary nanoGUMBOS,


by Cong, Mingyan, Noureen Siraj, Nimisha Bhattarai, Paulina E. Kolica, Kevin S. McCarter, Pratap K. Chhotaray, Isiah M.Warner.


Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical.

Class Specific Discrimination of Volatile Organic Compounds Using a Quartz Crystal Microbalance Based Multisensor Array


by Vaughn, Stephanie R., Nicholas C. Speller, Pratap Chhotaray, Kevin S. McCarter, Noureen Siraj, Rocio L. Perez, Yue Li, Isiah M. Warner.


Talanta.

Communication Disorders

A Longitudinal Investigation Of The Semantic Receptive-Expressive Gap In Spanish-English Bilingual Children,


by Todd A. Gibson, Elizabeth D. Pena, Lisa M. Bedore, and Kevin S. McCarter.


International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

Civil Engineering

Post and During Event Effect of Cell Phone Talking and Texting on Driving Performance - A Driving Simulator Study,


by Thapa, Raju, Julius Codjoe, Sherif Ishak, Kevin S McCarter.


Traffic Injury Prevention.

Horticulture

Simazine May Be A Better Choice Than Atrazine For Home Lawns Near Surface Waters,


by Jeffrey Beasley, Miao Liu, Ron Strahan, Jeff Kuehny, Kevin McCarter and Kim Pope.


Louisiana Agriculture.

Applications of

Structural Equation Modeling

Nutrition and Food Science

Psychometric Analyses of the Eating and Food Literacy Behaviors Questionnaire with University Students,


by Rhea, Kwadernica C., Melissa W. Cater, Kevin McCarter, Georgianna Tuuri.


Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Applications of

Predictive Modeling

Educational Intervention

Further Evidence Of Oral Reading Fluency's Utility In Predicting Statewide Student Reading Proficiency,


by Paul Mooney, Kevin S. McCarter, Jodie Schraven, John M. Hintze, Emily Mooney, Darlene Landry, Terri Colclough, Kristin A. Gansle, R. Kenton Denny, Gerlinde Grandstaf-Beckers, Gregory J. Benner, Jill H. Allor.


International Journal of Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Approach.

The Relationship Between Content Area GOM and Statewide Testing in Sixth-Grade World History,


by Paul Mooney, Kevin S. McCarter, Jodie Schraven, Beth Haydel.


Assessment for Effective Intervention.

Additional Performance and Progress Validity Findings Targeting the Content-Focused Vocabulary Matching,


by Paul Mooney, Kevin S. McCarter, Jodie Schraven, Scarlet Callicoatte.


Exceptional Children.

Examining an Online Content General Outcome Measure: Technical Features of the Static Score,


by Paul Mooney, Kevin S. McCarter, Robert J. Russo Jr., Danielle L. Blackwood.


Content Area Measurement Using Curriculum-Based Measurement. Ed. Erica S. Lembke. Spec. issue of Assessment for Effective Intervention.

The Structure Of An Online Assessment Of Science And Social Studies Content: Testing Optional Formats Of A General Outcome Measure,


by Mooney, P., McCarter, K. S., Russo, R. J., & Blackwood, Danielle L


Social Welfare: Interdisciplinary Approach.

Applications of Experimental Design, General and Generalized

Linear Mixed Modeling, Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM)

Medicine and Health Care

The Overt Aggression Scale for Rating Aggression in Outpatient Youth With Autistic Disorder: Preliminary Findings,


by Hellings, Jessica A., Nickel, Elizabeth J., Weckbaugh, Marilyn, McCarter, Kevin, Mosier, Michael, and Schroeder, Stephen R.


Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences.

Office Systems and Their Influence on Mammography Use in Rural and Urban Primary Care,


by Engelman, Kimberly K., Ellerbeck, Edward F., Perpich, Denise, Nazir, Niaman, McCarter, Kevin, Ahluwalia, Jasjit S.


Journal of Rural Health.

Reading Nutrition Labels And Fat Consumption In Adolescents,


by Huang, T.T.K., Ahluwalia, H.K., McCarter, K.S., Nazir, N., Choi, W.S., Ahluwalia, J.S.


Journal of Adolescent Health.

Gender, Smoking Expectancies and Readiness to Quit Among Urban African American Smokers,


by Pulvers, K.M., Catley, D., Okuyemi, K.S., Scheibmeir, M., McCarter, K.S., Jeffries, S.K., Ahluwalia, J.S.


Addictive Behaviors.

Quality of Life In Patients With Allergic Contact Dermatitis,


by Kadyk, Deana L., McCarter, Kevin, Achen, Fritz, Belsito, Donald V.


Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Predicting Adoption of Home Smoking Restriction by Inner-city Black Smokers,


by Okah, Felix A., Okuyemi, Kolawole S., McCarter, Kevin S., Harris, Kari Jo, Catley, Delwyn, Ahluwalia, Harsohena Kaur, Ahluwalia, Jasjit S.


Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Impact of Patient Characteristics on Physician Counseling Strategies for Smoking Cessation,


by Ellerbeck, E.F., Choi, W.S., McCarter, K.S., Jolicoeur, D.G., Greiner, A., Ahluwalia, J.S.


Preventive Medicine.

Biology and Environmental Sciences

Calcium Promotes Exopolysaccharide Phase Variation and Biofilm Formation of the Resulting Phase Variants in the Human Pathogen Vibrio Vulnificus,


by Garrison-Schilling KL, Grau BL, McCarter KS, Olivier BJ, Comeaux NE, Pettis GS.


Environmental Microbiology.

Manganese is an additional cation that enhances colonial phase variation of Vibrio vulnificus,


by Kaluskar, Zelam M., Katherine L. Garrison-Schilling, Kevin S. McCarter, Bliss Lambert, Shelby R. Simar, Gregg S. Pettis.


Environmental Microbiology Reports.

Plant Science

Winter Crops As Bioassays Of Soil N-Supplying Capacity,


by E. L. Clawson, H.J. Mascagni, Jr., G.A. Breitenbeck, D. Boquet, J. Liscano, and K. McCarter.


Journal of Plant Nutrition.

Kinesiology

Comparison of the Validity of Four Fall-Related Psychological Measures in a Community-Based Falls Risk Screening,


by Moore, D., Ellis, R., Fabre, J., Osma, M., McCarter, K., Wood, R.


Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.

Nutrition and Food Science

Effect of Type of Mulch on Microbial Food Safety Risk on Cucumbers Irrigated with Contaminated Water,


by Juan Moreira, Kevin McCarter, Julysa Abril Benitez, Kathryn Fontenot, Joan M. King, Achyut Adhikari (2023).


Journal of Food Protection.

Entomology

Diverging Landscape Impacts On Macronutrient Status Despite Overlapping Diets In Managed (Apis Mellifera) And Native (Melissodes Desponsa) Bees,


by Christina L Mogren, Maria-Soledad Benitez, Kevin McCarter, Frederic Boyer, Jonathan G Lundgren.


Conservation Physiology.

Natural Incidence Of Stem Borer Damage In U.S. Rice Varieties,


by Michael Stout, Kevin McCarter, James Villegas, and Blake Wilson.


Crop Protection.

Co-Authored

Statistical Monographs

Applied Statistics in Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Sciences

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Analysis of Generalized Linear Mixed Models in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences

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Dissertation (KSU, 1999)

Title: “Estimation and Prediction for the Birnbaum-Saunders Distribution Using Type-II Censored Samples, with a Comparison to the Inverse Gaussian Distribution”


Year Defended: 1999


Style: Monograph


Pages: 712


Number of Chapters & Appendices:

    • 6 Chapters
    • 22 Appendices


Abstract:


This dissertation investigates estimation and prediction for the Birnbaum-Saunders distribution using type-II censored samples.


A procedure for computing the maximum-likelihood estimators of the parameters is given. The small-sample properties of the maximum-likelihood parameter estimators are investigated using Monte-Carlo simulation. The maximum-likelihood estimators are shown to be asymptotically normally distributed and asymptotically correlated when computed from type-II censored samples.


In proving asymptotic normality a new class of functions is introduced that has several interesting properties. Every density in this class is shown to have positive and negative moments of all orders, as well as a moment-generating function. Both the Birnbaum-Saunders density and the inverse Gaussian density are shown to be in this class.


Several procedures for constructing confidence interval estimates of the parameters are investigated and compared. Regression-based calibration is used to improve the coverage performance of some of the confidence interval procedures.


The maximum-likelihood estimator of a population quantile is computed using type-II censored samples. The distributional properties of the maximum-likelihood quantile estimator are investigated. Several procedures for constructing confidence interval estimates of a population quantile are investigated and compared.


Procedures for constructing prediction intervals for within-sample future failure times are investigated and compared. One of the procedures is based on the limiting distribution of the largest order statistic, which is derived in this dissertation.


The appropriateness of basing inference for the Birnbaum-Saunders distribution on the inverse Gaussian distribution, and also of approximating the inverse Gaussian distribution by the Birnbaum-Saunders distribution, is assessed. The Hellinger distance is used to provide a theoretical measure of the error involved in approximating a member of one family by a member of the other family, in order to identify conditions under which such an approximation should not be used. Monte-Carlo simulation is then used to provide an empirical assessment of the reliability of inferences made using such approximations.

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Teaching

EXST 4012 - Fundamental Sampling Techniques

Description

This is an undergraduate course on sampling techniques and the statistical methods required to correctly analyze the data obtained using these sampling techniques.

Course Modules

  • Module 1 - Descriptive Statistics
  • Module 2 - Sampling Distributions and the Central Limit Theorem
  • Module 3 - IID Random Sampling
  • Module 4 - Simple Random Sampling
  • Module 5 - Stratified Random Sampling
  • Module 6 - Ratio and Regression Estimation
  • Module 7 - Cluster Random Sampling

EXST 4050 - Principles and Theory of Statistics

Description

This is a one-semester, calculus-based statistical theory course designed for students pursuing the Minor in Applied Statistics.

Course Modules

  • Module 1 - Probability and Distribution Theory
  • Module 2 - Theory of Sampling Distributions
  • Module 3 - General Concepts of Inference
  • Module 4 - Inference Procedures for One Population
  • Module 5 - Inference Procedures for Two Populations

EXST 7003 - Statistical Inference I

Description

This is the first course in a two-semester sequence in Applied Statistics for graduate students in the social sciences.

Course Modules

  • Module 1 - Descriptive Statistics
  • Module 2 - Probability, Distributions, Sampling Distributions, and the Central Limit Theorem
  • Module 3 - Principles of Inference
  • Module 4 - Inferences Involving One Population
  • Module 5 - Inferences Involving Two Populations
  • Module 6 - Inferences Involving Two or More Populations
  • Module 7 - Linear Regression

EXST 7004 - Experimental Statistics I

Description

This is the first course in a two-semester sequence in Applied Statistics for graduate students in the field sciences.

Course Modules

  • Module 1 - Descriptive Statistics
  • Module 2 - Probability, Distributions, Sampling Distributions, and the Central Limit Theorem
  • Module 3 - Principles of Inference
  • Module 4 - Inferences Involving One Population
  • Module 5 - Inferences Involving Two Populations
  • Module 6 - Inferences Involving Two or More Populations
  • Module 7 - Linear Regression

EXST 7011 - Nonparametric Statistics

Description

This course presents nonparametric alternatives to the statistical methods covered in a first statistical methods course.

Course Modules

  • Module 1 - Review of Statistical Concepts and Procedures
  • Module 2 - One-Population Location Tests and Comparing the Locations of Two-Populations Using Paired Samples
  • Module 3 - Comparing Two or More Populations Using Independent Samples
  • Module 4 - Nonparametric Analysis of RCB Experiments
  • Module 5 - Assessing the Nature and Strength of the Relationship Between Two Variables

EXST 7012 - Introduction to Sampling Techniques

Description

This is a graduate course on sampling techniques and the statistical methods required to correctly analyze the data obtained using these sampling techniques.

Course Modules

  • Module 1 - Descriptive Statistics
  • Module 2 - Sampling Distributions and the Central Limit Theorem
  • Module 3 - IID Random Sampling
  • Module 4 - Simple Random Sampling
  • Module 5 - Stratified Random Sampling
  • Module 6 - Ratio and Regression Estimation
  • Module 7 - Cluster Random Sampling

EXST 7031 - Experimental Design

Description

This is a graduate course on experimental design and the statistical methods required to correctly analyze the data obtained using these experimental designs.

Course Modules

  • Module 1 - Introductory Concepts
  • Module 2 - Completely Randomized Design
  • Module 3 - Randomized Complete Block Design
  • Module 4 - Latin Square Design
  • Module 5 - Factorial Experiments
  • Module 6 - Fractional Factorial Treatment Structures
  • Module 7 - Confounding and Aliasing

EXST 7034 - Regression Analysis

Description

This is a graduate course on linear regression.

Course Modules

  • Module 1 - Introduction to Linear Regression Analysis, Mathematical and Statistical Preliminaries
  • Module 2 - Simple Linear Regression
  • Module 3 - Multiple Linear Regression
  • Module 4 - Model Adequacy Checking

EXST 7037 - Multivariate Statistics

Description

This is a graduate course on multivariate statistics.

Course Modules

  • Module 1 - Distribution Theory
  • Module 2 - The Multivariate Normal Distribution
  • Module 3 - Characteristic Roots and Characteristic Vectors
  • Module 4 - Principal Component Analysis
  • Module 5 - Multivariate Analysis of Variance
  • Module 6 - Multivariate Multiple Regression
  • Module 7 - Canonical Correlation Analysis
  • Module 8 - Discriminant Analysis
  • Module 9 - Factor Analysis

EXST 7047 - SEM & HLM

Description

This is a graduate course on structural equation modeling (SEM) and hierarchical linear modeling (HLM).

Course Modules

  • Module 1 - Concepts from Multivariate Analysis
  • Module 2 - Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)
  • Module 3 - Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM)

Statistical Consulting & Research Collaboration

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