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Daniel T. Kaplan

Macalester College
Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
1600 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105
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phone: 651-295-7487
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Professional Positions

  • DeWitt Wallace Professor of mathematics, statistics, and computer science, Macalester College, 2006-present

  • Associate Professor, Macalester College, 2000-2006

  • Assistant Professor, Macalester College, 1997-2000

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, McGill University, 1994-1997

  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Physiology, McGill University, 1991-1994

  • Scientist, Colin Medical Instruments, Komacki City, Japan (I was based in Cambridge, MA), 1989-1991

  • Visiting appointments

    • Université de Paris VI, 1997
    • University of Oxford, 2001
    • University of Queensland, 2008
    • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2010


  • Swarthmore College, BA in Physics with high honors, 1981

  • Stanford University, MS in Engineering-Economic Systems, 1982

  • Harvard University, MS in Biomedical Physics, 1986

  • Harvard University, Ph.D. in Biomedical Physics, 1989


  1. DT Kaplan, Data Computing, Project MOSAIC Books, 2015
  2. DT Kaplan, Start R in Calculus, Project MOSAIC Books, 2013

  3. DT Kaplan, Statistical Modeling: A Fresh Approach (2/e), Project MOSAIC Books, 2011

  4. DT Kaplan, Statistical Modeling: A Fresh Approach (1/e), CreateSpace, 2009

  5. DT Kaplan, Introduction to Scientific Computation and Programming, Brooks-Cole, 2003

  6. DT Kaplan & L Glass, Understanding Nonlinear Dynamics, Springer-Verlag, 1995

Other Books

  1. RJ Pruim, NJ Horton & DT Kaplan A Compendium of Commands to Teach Statistics with R, Project MOSAIC, 2015

  2. RJ Pruim, NJ Horton & DT Kaplan Start Teaching with R, Project MOSAIC, 2015

  3. DT Kaplan, Resampling Statistics in MATLAB, Resampling Stats, Inc, 1999

  4. CD Cutler & DT Kaplan, editors, Nonlinear Dynamics and Time Series: Building a Bridge between the Natural and Statistical Sciences American Mathematical Society, 1996

Recent Publications

  1. DT Kaplan, C Bocovich & R Pruim, "Modeling-based Calculus with R/mosaic", The UMAP Journal, Vol 36, No. 1, pp 23-51, 2015

  2. DT Kaplan & D Nolan "Modeling Runners’ Times in the Cherry Blossom Race" in D Nolan and DT Lang, editors, Data Science in R: A Case Studies Approach to Computational Reasoning and Problem Solving, pp 45-103, Chapman & Hall, 2015

  3. DT Kaplan, "Calculus and Statistics" (invited editorial), AMSTATNews July 2013

Statistical and Scientific Consulting

  1. Robins-Kaplan 2015. Report on data collection and analysis needed to support or refute a charge of academic integrity at UMN.

  2. Ativa Medical. 2015. Pattern classification in a transportable blood-cell count instrument.

  3. Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati, Palo Alto, CA. 2014. Impact estimation in a Foreign Corrupt Practices matter. Briefed US Security and Exchange Commission on my results at their headquarters.

  4. Analysis of personnel carrying capacity for design a Marine Corp amphibious vehicle. 2013-2014

  5. Felhaber Larson Fenlon & Vogt, 2011-12, Evaluation of claims of age-related discrimination against a parochial school. My report cited by judge in order granting summary judgment. (Dist. Court 2nd Judicial District, File 62-CV-11-3866)

  6. Nichols Kaster PLLP, 2013, Characterization of age discrimination patterns in transfers in a regional school district. Testified at deposition. Plaintiff.

  7. Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt, 2012, Estimation of earnings loss in a wrongful termination matter. Testified at deposition. Defense.

  8. Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt, 2012, Estimation of earnings loss in a wrongful termination matter at a large regional health-care provider. Defense.

  9. Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt, 2010-11, Examination of possible age-discrimination patterns in employee terminations in a national accounting firm. Defense.

  10. Macalester College Dept. of Admissions, 2005-2010, Yield and tuition revenue modeling to support admissions decisions.

  11. Fredrikson & Byron, 2009, Estimate of remedy in a disparate impact finding by the US Department of Labor in hiring nurses at a regional hospital.

  12. Fredrikson & Byron, 2006, Assessment and response to a charge of racial discrimination in hiring by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs against an upstate health-care provider.

  13. Maryland State Attorney General, 1998, Analysis of state police records to evaluate claims of racial discrimination in vehicle stops and searches.

Other Selected Publications

  1. Daniel T Kaplan. Computing and introductory statistics. Technology Innovations in Statistics Education, 1(1):Article 5, 2007. link
  2. MS Roulston, DT Kaplan, J Hardenberg, and LA Smith. "Using medium-range weather forecasts to improve the value of wind energy production". Renewable Energy, 28:585–602, 2003. link
  3. P Faure, DT Kaplan, and H Korn. "Synaptic efficacy and the transmission of complex firing patterns between neurons". Journal of Neurophysiology, 84:3010–3025, 2000. link
  4. B Pilgram and DT Kaplan. "Nonstationarity and 1/f noise characteristics in heart rate". American Journal of Physiology 276, Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology 45(1):R1–R9, 1999. link

  5. DT Kaplan, JR Clay, T Manning, L Glass, MR Guevara, and A Shrier. "Subthreshold dynamics in periodically stimulated squid giant axons". Physical Review Letters, 76(21):4074–4077, 1996. link
  6. T Schreiber and DT Kaplan. "Signal separation by nonlinear projections: The fetal ecg". Physical Review E, 53(5):R4326–4329, 1996. link
  7. DT Kaplan and L Glass. "Direct test for determinism in a time series". Physical Review Letters, 68(4):427–430, 1992. reprinted in E Ott, T Sauer, JA Yorke (1993) Coping with Chaos: Analysis of Chaotic Data and the Exploitation of Chaotic Systems, John Wiley & Sons. link
  8. FX Witkowski, KM Kavanagh, PA Penkoske, R Plonsey, ML Spano, WL Ditto, and DT Kaplan. "Evidence for determinism in ventricular fibrillation". Physical Review Letters, 6:1230–1233, 1995
  9. DT Kaplan. "Lasers for missile defense" The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists May:5–8, 1983. link


  1. MR Risk, AM Cohen, and DT Kaplan. Methods and apparatus for providing an indicator of autonomic nervous system function. US Patent 6,416,473, 2002. link
  2. KL Ripley and DT Kaplan. Methods and apparatus for ecg signal analysis and cardiac arrhythmia detection. US Patent 5,271,411, 1993. link
  3. DT Kaplan and RJ Cohen. Methods and apparatus for quantifying beat-to-beat variability in physiologic waveforms. US Patent 4,732,157, 1988. link

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