Yang Long

Department of Statistics · George Mason University · Fairfax, VA

PhD student in statistical science at College of Engineering and Computing, George Mason University.

Currently working as a graduate research assistant for Dr. David Kepplinger at Department of Statistics to develop accelerated algorithms for adaptive Penalized Elastic Net S-Estimators (PENSE).

Prior to GMU, I spent four years in New York City where I worked as a hedge fund quantitative research associate, and finished my master's degree in statistics at Baruch College.


Research Interest

Statistical Learning
Robust Statistics
Statistical Computing


PhD in Statistical Science, Expected 2024

George Mason University

Master of Science in Statistics, May 2019

City University of New York – Baruch College

Master of Science in Finance, December 2015

University of Rochester

Bachelor of Economics in Finance, June 2014

Zhongnan University of Economics and Law


Z. Li, S. Bruce, C.J. Wutzke, and Y. Long, “Conditional adaptive Bayesian spectral analysis of replicated multivariate time series,” Statistics in Medicine, vol. 40, pp. 1989 – 2005, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1002/sim.8884

D. Feldman, S. Gross, and Y. Long, “Gender Competitiveness and Predictability, and Prize Money in Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments,” Quarterly Journal of Finance, vol. 10, No. 2, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1142/S2010139220500068

About ME

Traveler, gamer, and a Marvel fan.

A photo of me at Yamdrok Lake, Tibet, China (2020)

Born and raised in Wuhan, China, I have successfully swum across the Yangtze River in summer 2020, one of the two most well known rivers in China. I also love other healthy physical or mental challenges in life, which is one of the reasons why I chose the path of a PhD.

We adopted two kittens from the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in August 2021! We named them Constantine and Calliope. Together with their older brother, Caesar a naughty Pomeranian, and sister, Cleopatra a lost princess from Turkmenistan, who are currently living with my girlfriend's parents in New Mexico, we have a little "C" family here!


Cleopatra (Cleo)

Constantine (Constin)

Calliope (Calla)


The latest version of my resumé can be found here.