Abraham Wyner, PhD
Associate Fellow

Dr. Wyner is Chair of the Undergraduate Program in Statistics at the University of Pennsylvania and an Associate Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Abraham Wyner, PhD is an Associate Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a Tenured Professor of Statistics and Chair of the Undergraduate Program in Statistics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wyner is also Faculty Lead at the Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative (WSABI) and Co-Director of the Wharton People Analytics Initiative.

Dr. Wyner has published more than 50 articles in many areas, including Information Theory, Probability, Machine Learning, Neuroscience and  Sports. Dr. Wyner continues to participate in numerous consulting projects in various businesses. He has served as a statistical expert for hedge funds and private equity, developed statistical analyses for banks and marketing research firms and has served as consultant to several law firms in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C. He has served as statistical faculty advisor for the University Pennsylvania Law School.

Professor Wyner’s interest in sports statistics led to the creation of the Wharton MoneyBall Academy a summer program in sports statistics and computing for gifted high school juniors and seniors.

BS, Yale University (Mathematics), 1988

PhD, Stanford University (Statistics), 1993

Associate Fellow, Center for Injury Research and Prevention, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Professor of Statistics, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Co-Director, Wharton People Analytics, University of Pennsylvania

Chair, Undergraduate Program in Statistics, University of Pennsylvania

Faculty Lead and Co-Founder, Wharton Sports Analytics Business Initiative, University of Pennsylvania

Olson M, Wyner AJ, Berk RA. Modern Neural Networks Generalize Well on Small Data SetsAdvances in Neural Information Processing Systems. 2018.

Deshpande S, Wyner AJ. A Hierarchical Bayesian Model of Pitch FramingJournal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports. 2017; 13(3):95-112.

Ernst PA, Shepp L, Wyner AJ. Yule’s “Nonsense Correlation” Solved!. The Annals of Statistics. 2017; 45(4):1789-1809.

Wyner AJ, Olson M, Bleich J, Mease D. Explaining the Success of AdaBoost and Random Forests as Interpolating Classifiers. Journal of Machine Learning Research. 2017; 18:1-33.

Contact Information

448 Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104