George Mason University
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George Mason University

Daniel Carr

Professor, Statistics

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  • 703-993-1671 (office)
  • 4A7
  • Nguyen Engineering Building, 1711
    4400 University Drive
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Daniel Carr is known for his contributions to the field of statistical graphics, including new graphics designs and dynamic visualization software. Challenges that motivated the designs have come from a variety of fields such as genomics, proteomics, life sciences, and global atmospheric monitoring. His statistics career started in 1976 at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  He was involved in the analysis of animal experiments, calibration of measurement devices, and modeling of monitoring data.  In the 1980s, Carr joined the new Analysis of Large Data Sets Project. The research team included statisticians, computer scientists, and computer engineers. The research focused on statistical graphics, data analysis management, and data analysis environments. Publications, presentations, and visits to research centers brought visibility to the project. 

In 1986, Carr was appointed chair-elect at the creation of the statistical graphics section of the American Statistical Association. He served the section in a variety of roles over many years. He was elected program chair-elect and was graphics section editor of the Statistical Computing and Statistical Graphics newsletter at its inception. Carr was elected ASA Fellow in 1992.           

After joining Mason in 1990, Carr interacted with colleagues and researchers at federal agencies.  In 1992, a collaborative National Science Foundation proposal yielded a virtual reality laboratory in the Center for Computational Statistics. On sabbatical at the National Cancer Institute, Carr was a member of a team that developed the usability assessed State Cancer Control Profiles website.  The team members received National Institutes of Health merit awards for cancer control planning. Carr has created and taught statistical graphics and visualization courses at the 400 to 800 levels, served on numerous dissertation committees, and mentored 11 PhD students.


PhD, Statistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1976)

MS, Statistics, Oregon State University (1972)

MEd, Counselling , Idaho Stat University (1972)

BA, Mathematics, Whitman College (1968)

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Faculty Rank: Professor


2014 - 2015 : Uncertainty in Spatial Date: Identification Visualization and Utilization. Funded by University of Texas at Dallas.

2008 - 2010 : Curriculum Design in Data Sciences. Funded by National Science Foundation.

2005 - 2008 : Visual Analytic Tools for Networks and Graphs with Attention Given to Data Synthesis and Evaluation. Funded by Office of Naval Research.

Research Interests

Data mining 
Statistical graphics
Knowledge visualization
Data exploration
Analysis of massive data sets