Peter Hovey

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Peter Hovey

Associate Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


Dr Hovey received a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Dayton in 1975 and returned to UD after finishing his Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics at the University of Kentucky in 1980 in a position in the Research Institute. He returned to the Math department in the fall of 2001 as an Assistant Professor in a tenure track position.

Faculty Perspective

I have spent most of my career as an applied statistician working on problems related to structural integrity of aircraft in the Research Institute. A big part of my work on these projects was "instructing" the engineers on the projects on the meaning of the statistical analyses I performed. I try to use my experience in applications to help my current students understand how statistics can help them in their careers.


  • Ph.D. University of Kentucky

Research Interests

  • Probabilistic Modeling
  • Computational Statistics
  • Statistical Inference

Selected Publications

Hovey, Peter W., "Utilizing Time to First Failure in Probabilistic Design of Aircraft Engines," UDR-TR-2002-00090, Dayton, OH, June, 2002.

Hovey, P.W., "Probabilistic Risk Assessment Software Validation Problems," UDR-TR-2000-074, University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, OH, July 2000.

Hovey, Peter W., Berens, Alan P., and Loomis, John S., "Update of the PROF Computer Program for Aging Aircraft Risk Analysis, Volume 1 - Modifications and User's Guide" AFRL-VA-WP-TR-1999-3030, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433-6553, November 1998.

Hovey, P.W. and T. Defiore, "Pearson Type III and the Gamma Distribution," The Joint Newsletter of the Section on Physical and Engineering Sciences and the Section on Quality and Productivity of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 9, No. 2, The American Statistical Association, Washington D.C., December 2002.