Laura Taylor

Associate Professor of Statistics
Duke 307D
2320 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6493

Brief Biography

Dr. Laura Taylor has been at Elon University since Fall 2008.  She is an Associate Professor of Statistics.  Dr. Taylor primarily teachers courses in the Statistics major.  Her research interests include statistics education and recurrent competing risks.


B.S. Mathematics, 2003, Winthrop University
Master of Mathematics, 2004, Winthrop University
Ph.D. Statistics, 2008, University of South Carolina

Courses Taught

COE 310: Transition Strategies for Statistics Majors
MTH 110: General Statistics
STS 212/MTH 220: Statistics in Applications
STS 213: Survey Sampling Methods
STS 232: Statistical Modeling
STS 325: Design and Analysis of Experiments
STS 327: Statistical Computing

Current Projects

I am currently working with two Elon College Fellows on undergraduate research in statistics.  Both projects require writing code in R to perform statistical simulations.


Taylor, Laura and Kirsten Doehler. (2014) “Using Online Survey to Promote and Assess Learning.” Teaching Statistics.  DOI 10.1111/test.12045. 36(2), 34-40.

Taylor, Laura L. and Edsel A. Peña. (2013) “Nonparametric Estimation in a Recurrent Competing Risks Model.” Lifetime Data Analysis.  DOI 10.1007/s10985-013-9280-6.

Taylor, Laura L. and Edsel A. Peña. (2013) “Parametric Estimation in a Recurrent Competing Risks Model.”  Journal of the Iranian Statistical Society, 12(1). 

Doehler, Kirsten; Taylor, Laura; and Jessalyn Smith. (2013), “A Study of Faculty Views of Statistics and Student Preparation Beyond an Introductory Class.” Journal of Statistics Education, 21(1).

Taylor, Laura. (2012), “Competing Risks in Basketball… Competing Risks in Basketball… Competing Risks in Basketball,” CHANCE, 25(2), 31-36.

Peña, Edsel A. and Taylor, Laura L. (2008), “Non- and Semi-Parametric Models and Inference for Reliability Systems,” in Encyclopedia of Quantitative Risk Assessment, eds. E. Melnick and B. Everitt (editors-in-chief), Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 1167-1175.

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