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Juergen Symanzik

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Mathematics & Statistics



Contact Information

Office Location: ANSC 313
DialPhone: 435-797-0696

Educational Background

PhD, Statistics and Computer Science, Iowa State University, 1996
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MS, Computer Science, Universitaet Dortmund, 1992
MS, Statistics, Universitaet Dortmund, 1991


Dr. Symanzik joined USU’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 1999. He holds degrees in Statistics (1991) and Computer Science (1992) at the MS level (Universitšt Dortmund, Germany) and a co-major Ph.D. (1996) in these two fields (Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa).

Teaching Interests

Dr. Symanzik's teaching interests include graduate level courses in Statistical Graphics, Applied Spatial Statistics, Introduction to R, Advanced R, and Mathematical Statistics I & II, as well as introductory statistics courses.

Research Interests

Dr. Symanzik's research interests include all forms of statistical graphics and visualization, e.g., static/dynamic/interactive, on the Web, in a geographical framework, and applied to educational and medical data.


Fellow of the American Statistical Association, 2015

American Statistical Association (ASA)

Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute, 2007

International Statistical Institute (ISI)

Entry in the 61st, 63rd-70th Annual Edition, 2007

Marquis Who's Who in America

Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 7th Annual Edition, 2002

Research Excellence Award, 1996

Iowa State University

DAAD-Doktorandenstipendium aus Mitteln des zweiten Hochschulsonderprogramms, 1993

German Academic Exchange Service

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Book Chapters

    • Symanzik, J., Carr, D.B, McManus, M.G, Weber, M.H, (2016). Micromaps: Wiley StatsRef: Statistics Reference Online. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    • Symanzik, J., (2014). Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis: Handbook of Regional Science. Springer
    • Symanzik, J., (2012). Interactive and Dynamic Graphics [Revised]: Handbook of Computational Statistics - Concepts and Methods, Vol. 1 (Second Revised and Updated Edition). Springer
    • Symanzik, J., (2011). Interactive and Dynamic Statistical Graphics: International Encyclopedia of Statistical Science. Springer
    • Symanzik, J., Carr, D.B, (2008). Interactive Linked Micromap Plots for the Display of Geographically R: Handbook of Data Visualization. Springer
    • Klinke, S., Symanzik, J., Muller, M., (2000). Reading and Writing Data: XploRe - Learning Guide. Springer-Verlag

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Gebreab, S.Y, Davis, S.K, Symanzik, J., Mensah, G.A, Gibbons, G.H, Diez Roux, A.V, (2015). Geographic Variations in Cardiovascular Health in the United States: Contributions of State- and Individual-level Factors. Journal of the American Heart Association, 4:e001673.
        • Moyer-Packenham, P.S, Shumway, J.F, Bullock, E., Tucker, S.I, Anderson-Pence, K.L, Westenskow, A., Boyer-Thurgood, J., Maahs-Fladung, C., Symanzik, J., Mahamane, S., MacDonald, B., Jordan, K., (2015). Young Children's Learning Performance and Efficiency when Using Virtual Manipulative Mathematics iPad Apps. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 34:1, 41-69.
        • Odei, J.B, Symanzik, J., Hooten, M.B, (2014). A Bayesian Hierarchical Model For Forecasting Intermountain Snow Dynamics. Environmetrics, 25:5, 324-340.
        • Biswas, T., Ramsey, R.D, Bissonette, J.A, Symanzik, J., (2014). Integration of Two Spectral Indices to Monitor Loss of Moist Grasslands within the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, India. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 35:3, 1038-1063.
        • Symanzik, J., Dai, X., Weber, M.H, Payton, Q., McManus, M.G, (2014). Linked Micromap Plots for South America - General Design Considerations and Specific Adjustments. Revista Colombiana de Estadistica, 37:2, 450-469.
        • Han, K.S, Park, S.J, Mun, G.S, Choi, S.H, Symanzik, J., Gebreab, S., Ahn, J.Y, (2014). Linked Micromaps for the Visualization of Geographically Referenced Data. ICIC Express Letters, 8:2, 443-448.
        • Amakor, X.N, Cardon, G.E, Symanzik, J., Jacobson, A.R, (2013). A New Electromagnetic Induction Calibration Model for Estimating Salinity in Calcareous Soils.. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 77:3, 985-1000.
        • Schneiter, K., Symanzik, J., (2013). An Applet for the Investigation of Simpson's Paradox. Journal of Statistics Education, 21:1
        • Mun, G.S, Park, S.J, Symanzik, J., Ahn, J.Y, (2013). Visualizing Statistical Information Using Google Static Maps and R. ICIC Express Letters, 7:3(A), 729-734.
        • Haerdle, W.K, Mori, Y., Symanzik, J., (2012). Computational Statistics (Journal). Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs): Computational Statistics, 4:3, 334-339.
        • Symanzik, J., Choi, K.H, Mun, G.S, Ahn, J.Y, (2012). Sensitivity of an Interview Chart for Medical Diagnoses of Primary Headaches. International Journal of Innovative Computing, Information and Control, 8:10(B), 7133-7142.
        • Symanzik, J., (2011). Three-Dimensional Stereoscopic Plots. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs): Computational Statistics, 3:6, 483-496.
        • Moustafa, R.E, Hadi, A.S, Symanzik, J., (2011). Multi-Class Data Exploration Using Space Transformed Visualization Plots. Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, 20:2, 298-315.
        • Dale, A.M, Strickland, J., Gardner, B., Symanzik, J., Evanoff, B., (2010). Assessing Agreement of Self-reported and Observed Physical Exposures of the Upper Extremity. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 16:1, 1-10.
        • Morphet, W.J, Symanzik, J., (2010). The Circular Dataimage, a Graph for High-Resolution Circular-Spatial Data. International Journal of Digital Earth, 3:1, 47-71.
        • Dale, A.M, Strickland, J., Symanzik, J., Franzblau, A., Evanoff, B., (2008). Reliability of Hand Diagrams for Epidemiologic Case Definition of Carpal Tunnel Syndrom. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 18:3, 233-248.
        • Gebreab, S.Y, Gillies, R.R, Munger, R.G, Symanzik, J., (2008). Visualization and Interpretation of Birth Defects Using Linked Micromap Plots. Birth Defects Research (Part A): Clinical and Molecular Teratology, 82:2, 110-119.
        • Kathuroju, N., White, M.A, Symanzik, J., Schwartz, M.D, Powell, J.A, Nemani, R.R, (2007). On the Use of the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer for the Development of Prognostic Land Surface Phenology Models. Ecological Modeling, 201:2, 144-156.
        • Symanzik, J., Vukasinovic, N., (2006). Teaching an Introductory Statistics Course with Cyber- Stats, an Electronic Textbook. Journal of Statistics Education, 14:1
        • Gaeuman, D.A, Symanzik, J., Schmidt, J.C, (2005). A Map Overlay Error Model Based on Boundary Geometry. Geographical Analysis, 37:3, 350-369.
        • Kitchen, A.M, Drachenberg, R., Symanzik, J., (2003). Assessing the Reliability of Web{Based Statistical Software. Computational Statistics, 18:1, 107-122.
        • Gillies, R.R, Brim-Box, J., Symanzik, J., Rodemaker, E.J, (2003). Effects of Urbanization on the Aquatic Fauna of the Line Creek Watershed, Atlanta - A Satellite Perspective. Remote Sensing of Environment, 86:3, 411-422.
        • Symanzik, J., Vukasinovic, N., (2003). Teaching Experiences with a Course on \Web{Based Statistics". The American Statistician, 57:1, 46-50.
        • Wegman, E.J, Symanzik, J., (2002). Immersive Projection Technology for Visual Data Mining. Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, 11:1, 163-188.
        • Symanzik, J., Cook, D., Lewin-Koh, N., Majure, J.J, Megretskaia, I., (2000). Linking ArcViewTM and XGobi: Insight Behind the Front End. Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, 9:3, 470-490.
        • Wilhelm, A.X, Wegman, E.J, Symanzik, J., (1999). Visual Clustering and Classication: The Oronsay Particle Size Data Set Revisited. Computational Statistics: Special Issue on Interactive Graphical Data Analysis, 14:1, 109-146.
        • Cook, D., Cruz-Neira, C., Kohlmeyer, B.D, Lechner, U., Lewin, N., Nelson, L., Olsen, A., Pierson, S., Symanzik, J., (1998). Exploring Environmental Data in a Highly Immersive Virtual Reality Environment. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 51:1/2, 441-450.
        • Cook, D., Symanzik, J., Majure, J.J, Cressie, N., (1997). Dynamic Graphics in a GIS: More Examples Using Linked Software. Computers & Geosciences: Special Issue on Exploratory Cartographic Visualization, 23:4, 371-385.
        • Fritzsche, W., Symanzik, J., Sokolov, K., Cotton, T.M, Henderson, E., (1997). Scanning Force Microscopy Study of Methanol-induced Changes in the Distribution of Silver Particles in Colloidal Metal Films. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 185:2, 466-472.
        • Cook, D., Majure, J.J, Symanzik, J., Cressie, N., (1996). Dynamic Graphics in a GIS: Exploring and Analyzing Multivariate Spatial Data Using Linked Software. Computational Statistics: Special Issue on Computeraided Analysis of Spatial Data, 11:4, 467-480.
        • Professional Journal

        • Fu, G., Dai, X., Symanzik, J., Bushman, S., (2016). Quantitative Gene-gene and Gene-environment Mapping for Leaf Shape Variation using Tree-based Models. New Phytologist, Forthcoming.
        • Suyundikov, A., Symanzik, J., (2016). A Graphical Assessment and Spatial Clustering of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Impact on Laughing Gulls. Environmental and Ecological Statistics, Forthcoming.
        • Han, K., Park, S., Symanzik, J., Choi, S., Ahn, J., (2016). Trends in Obesity at the National and Local Level among South Korean Adolescents. Geospatial Health, 11:381, 130-136.
        • Quach, A., Symanzik, J., Forsgren, N., (2016). Soul of the Community: An Attempt to Assess Attachment to a Community. Computational Statistics, Forthcoming.
        • Moyer-Packenham, P.S, Tucker, S.I, Westenskow, A., Symanzik, J., (2015). Examining Patterns in Second Graders' Use of Virtual Manipulative Mathematics Apps through Heatmap Analysis. International Journal of Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2:2, 1-16.
        • Symanzik, J., (2009). Contest: A Real Challenger of a Puzzle. Chance, 22:4, 28.

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

                  Magazine/Trade Publication

                • Symanzik, J., Robbins, N.B, Heiberger, R.M, (2014). Observations from the Winners of the 2013 Statistics Poster Competition - Praise and Future Improvements. The Statistics Teacher Network
                • Symanzik, J., (2011). A Word from our 2011 Section Chairs. Statistical Computing & Statistical Graphics Newsletter
                • Ding, J., Symanzik, J., Sharif, A., Wang, J., Duntley, S., Shannon, W.D, (2011). Powerful Actigraphy Data Through Functional Representation. Chance
                • Symanzik, J., Vukasinovic, N., (2011). Peace Through Statistics. Amstat News
                • Symanzik, J., (2010). Results of: A Real Challenger of a Puzzle Graphics Contest. Chance
                • LaVange, L., Johnson, C., Symanzik, J., (2006). Piecing it Together. Amstat News
                • Symanzik, J., (2006). Statistical Graphics: Invited Sessions, Data Expo, Mixer Highlight JSM for Section. Amstat News
                • Symanzik, J., (2005). Utah: Past and Future Activities.
                • Symanzik, J., Vukasinovic, N., (2003). Comparative Review of ActivStats, CyberStats, and MM*Stat. MSOR Connections (LTSN Maths, Stats & OR Newsletter)
                • Other

                • Mori, Y., Herwartz, H., Symanzik, J., (2013). A Memorial for the Late Professor Wolfgang Polasek. Computational Statistics *
                • Symanzik, J., Fischetti, W., Spence, I., (2009). Commemorating William Playfair's 250th Birthday. Computational Statistics

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                Scheduled Teaching

                STAT 6910 - Seminar in Statistics, Spring 2017

                STAT 2000 - Statistical Methods, Spring 2017

                STAT 6910 - Seminar in Statistics, Fall 2016

                STAT 2000 - Statistical Methods, Fall 2016

                STAT 5810 - Topics in Statistics, Summer 2016

                STAT 5410 - Applied Spatial Statistics, Spring 2016

                STAT 2000 - Statistical Methods, Spring 2016

                STAT 5410, 6410 - Applied Spatial Statistics, Fall 2015

                STAT 2000 - Statistical Methods, Fall 2015

                STAT 6560 - Graphical Methods, Spring 2015

                STAT 2000 - Statistical Methods, Spring 2015

                STAT 6820 - Topics in Statistics (Topic), Spring 2014

                STAT 5410,6410 - Applied Spatial Statistics, Fall 2013

                STAT 6910 - Seminar in Statistics, Fall 2013

                STAT 6910 - Seminar in Statistics, Fall 2013

                STAT 6720,7720 - Mathematical Statistics II, Spring 2013

                STAT 6910 - Seminar in Statistics, Spring 2013

                STAT 6560 - Graphical Methods, Fall 2012

                STAT 5810,6810 - Topics in Statistics, Fall 2012

                STAT 6720,7720 - Mathematical Statistics II, Spring 2012

                STAT 2000 - Statistical Methods, Spring 2012

                STAT 6560 - GRAPHICAL METHODS, Spring 2011

                STAT 2000 - STATISTICAL METHODS (QI), Spring 2011

                STAT 6710 - Mathematical Statistics I, Fall 2010

                STAT 2000 - Statistical Methods, Fall 2010

                Graduate Students Mentored

                Chunyang Li, Mathematics & Statistics, August 2014
                Trent Fawcett, Mathematics & Statistics, October 2013 - May 2016
                James Beguah Odei, Mathematics & Statistics, September 2010 - December 2014
                Huong Thi Dieu La, Mathematics & Statistics, October 2012 - August 2014
                Vahan Petrosyan, Mathematics & Statistics, September 2013 - July 2014
                Xiaotian Dai, Mathematics & Statistics, November 2012 - September 2013
                Abbass Sharif, Mathematics & Statistics, August 2007 - December 2012
                Anvar Suyundikov, Mathematics & Statistics, January 2011 - September 2012
                Nathan Voge, Mathematics & Statistics, October 2010 - July 2012
                Kenneth Pena, Mathematics & Statistics, May 2005 - January 2011
                Peter Sherick, Mathematics & Statistics, May 2009 - June 2010
                William Morphet, Mathematics & Statistics, October 2002 - December 2009
                Qian Zhao, Mathematics & Statistics, July 2002 - December 2009
                Samson Gebreab, Mathematics & Statistics, November 2006 - December 2007