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Iain WeirDr Iain Weir

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Dr Iain Weir,
Senior Lecturer in Statistics.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of the West of England,
Frenchay Campus,
BS16 1QY

Email: iain.weir@uwe.ac.uk
Telephone: (0117) 32 83131
Fax: (0117) 32 83002

Office: 3Q76




Business Decision Making


Methods of Enquiry


Environmental & Field Techniques


Multivariate Statistical Modellling


Statistical Reasoning




I am interested in the application of Bayesian and Markov-chain Monte-Carlo techniques for modeling complex spatial/temporal systems. I am also involved in several interdisciplinary research projects involving the application of general linear models, linear mixed models, survival analysis and multivariate techniques to areas including: oil industry problems, magnetic reversal, plant science, drug and alcohol abuse, marine environment, animal behaviour, biogeographical data and change blindness studies (see if you can spot the changes in the image of me at the bottom of this page). 

Selected Papers

Cotterill, N., Sullivan, A., Norton, C., Wilkins, A., Weir, I., Kilonzo, M. and Drake, M. J. (2018) Conservative interventions for urinary or faecal incontinence, or both, in adults with multiple sclerosis (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. ISSN 1469-493X

Cotterill, N., Copestake, C., Weir, I., Drake, M., Norton, C. and Wilkins, A. (2018) Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and incontinence: A survey study of the patientsí perspective on symptoms and impact. In: Progressive MS Alliance Scientific Congress, Toronto, Canada, 22-24 May 2018.

Donald, J., Weir, I., Bonnett, S., Maxfield, P. and Ellwood, M. D. F. (2017) The relative importance of invertebrate and microbial decomposition in a rainforest restoration project. Restoration Ecology, 26 (2). pp. 220-226.

Bailey, W.J., Weir, I.S. and CouŽt, B. (2017) How data from reuse of Electrical-Submersible-Pump components can help in predicting system failure. SPE production & operations 33(01).

I. Weir, R. Gwynllyw (2017) Using the Dewis-R interface to create statistics e-Assessments, EDULEARN17 Proceedings, pp. 6107-6114.

Weir, I., Gwynllyw, R. and Henderson, K. (2017) Creating statistics e-assessments using Dewis with embedded R code . MSOR Connections, 15 (2). pp. 51-59.

N. Cotterill, A. Wilkins, C. Copestake, I Weir, C. Norton, M. Drake (2016). Cross-sectional prevalence study of urinary and/or anal incontinence and its impact on quality of life in a cohort of individuals with progressive multiple sclerosis. Neurourology and Urodynamics 08/2016; 35.

Lyons, G., Jain, J. and Weir, I. (2016). Changing times Ė A decade of empirical insight into the experience of rail passengers in Great Britain. Journal of Transport Geography, 57, 94-104.

Weir, I., Gwynllyw, R. and Henderson, K. (2016) Open access statistics resources. EDULEARN16 Proceedings. pp. 646-655.

Gwynllyw, D.Rh., Weir, I.S., and Henderson K.L. (2015). Using DEWIS and R for multi-staged statistics e-Assessments. Teaching Mathematics & Its Applications, 35(1). pp. 14-26.

Weir, I., Gwynllyw, R. and Henderson, K. (2015) Using technology to inspire and enhance the learning of statistics in a large cohort of diverse ability. In: IATED, , ed. (2015) Edulearn15 Proceedings. IATED.

Long, A., Edwards, J., Worthington, J., Cotterill, N., Weir, I., Drake, M. J. and van den Heuvel, E. (2015) Clinical evaluation of a prototype underwear designed to detect urine leakage from continence pads. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, 42 (6). pp. 632-639.

Bailey, W.J., CouŽt, B. and Weir, I.S. How Re-Use of Individual Components of an ESP Impacts Reliability. Submitted Oct 2014 SPE Production & Operations.

Bailey, W.J., CouŽt, B. and Weir, I.S. Component Analysis With Competing Risks: How Re-Use of Individual Components of an ESP Impacts Reliability. Paper SPE-171368-, SPE Artificial Lift Conference & Exhibition-North America, 6-8 October 2014, Houston, Texas, USA.

M. Daller, J. Turlik and I. Weir. Vocabulary acquisition and the learning curve. Vocabulary Knowledge: Human ratings and automated measures. viii, 220 pp. (pp. 185Ė218), 2013.

M.S. Albur, K. Bowker, I. Weir and A. MacGowan. Factors influencing the clinical outcome of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Vol. 31, Issue 3, pp 295-301, 2012.

N. Afitska,  M.A. Plant,  I. Weir,  P. Miller and M.L. Plant. The relationship between teenage ‘binge’ drinking, age of first alcohol consumption and intoxication, Journal of Substance Use, 13(3): 205–218, 2008.

W.J. Bailey, I.S. Weir, B. Couet and J.R. Hogan. Survival Analysis: the statistically rigorous method for analyzing electrical submersible pump system performance. SPE Production & Operations, Vol. 21, No. 4: 492-504, 2006.

J. Bright, R. Desikan, J.T. Hancock, IS Weir and S.J. Neil. ABA-induced NO generation and stomatal closure in Arabidopsis are dependent on H2O2 synthesis. The Plant Journal, 45(1):113-22, 2006.

R. Desikan, J.T. Hancock, J. Bright, J Harrison, I Weir, R Hooley and S.J. Neill. A Role for ETR1 in Hydrogen Peroxide Signaling in Stomatal Guard Cells Plant Physiol. Plant Physiology, Vol. 137, 831-834, 2005.

A.N. Pettitt, I.S. Weir and A.G. Hart. Spatial modelling for binary data using a hidden conditional conditional autoregressive Gaussian process for irregularly spaced multivariate data with application to modelling large sets of binary data. Statistics and Computing., 12, 353-367, 2002.

C. Culshaw , L.C. Newton, I.S. Weir and D.J. Bird. Concentrations of Cd, Zn and Cu in Sediments and Brown shrimp (Crangon crangon L.) from the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel, UK. Marine Environmental Research, 54, 331-334, 2002.

S. Wilkinson, J. Myles, T. Soteriou, J. Orme, A. Malinowski, I. Weir, B. Boulton and J. Treagust. Impact of drug misuse on health in the South West, 1996-2001.

P.R. Aitchison, J.N. Chapman, V. Gehanno, I.S. Weir, and M.R. Scheinfein.  High resolution measurement and modelling of magnetic domain structures in epitaxial FePd (001) L10 films with perpendicular  magnetisation.  J. of  Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 223(2): 138-146, 2001.

I.S. Weir and A.N. Pettitt. Binary Probability Maps using a Hidden Conditional Autoregressive Gaussian Process with an Application to Finnish Common Toad Data.  Applied Statistics, 2000

I.S. Weir  and T. Pettitt. Spatial modelling for binary data using a hidden conditional autoregressive Gaussian process. Statistics and Computing 9, 77-86, 1999.

I.S. Weir, J.N. Chapman, J. Rose, I.S. Molchanov and D.M. Titterington. Observation and modelling of magnetisation reversal in multilayers supporting perpendicular magnetisation. J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys.,  32,  395-403, 1999.

W.J.  Bailey and I.S. Weir. Investigation of methods for direct rheological model parameter estimation. J. Petroleum Science and Engineering, Volume 21, No. 1-2, 1-13, 1999.

J.N. Chapman, J. Rose, I.S. Weir, I.S. Molchanov and D.M. Titterington. The direct observation of magnetisation reversal in films of interest for high density information storage. J. Magn. Soc. Jpn., Vol 22 Supplement No. S2, 15-20, 1998.

I.S. Weir. Fully Bayesian SPECT reconstructions. J. Amer. Statist. Assoc., Vol. 92, 49-60, 1997.

I.S. Weir and W.J. Bailey. A statistical study of rheological models for drilling fluids. SPE 36359,  Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, 473-486, Dec 1996.

W.J. Bailey, I.S. Weir, E. Skjetne, and T.S. Daltaban. Hyperbolic Rheological Model For Drilling Fluids. paper 36025 SPE (January 1996). Due to an unresolved dispute between two of the authors the paper remains unpublished.

I.S. Weir and T. Pettitt. Alternative to the autologistic model using a hidden conditional autoregressive Gaussian process. Proceedings 28th Symposium on the Interface, SISC-96.

I.S. Weir and P.J. Green. Modeling data from single photon emission computed tomography.  Statistics and Images, Carfax Publishing Co., Abingdon, 1994.

R. Godoy-Herrera, B. Burnet, K. Connolly, D. Grey and I. Weir. Disruption of the structure of larval foraging behaviour in interspecific hybrids of Drosophila. Heredity, 72, 260-268, 1994.


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