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Dr Rex Galbraith

Position Honorary Reader
Email(*) r.galbraith

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Biographical Details

Dr Rex Galbraith

Rex Galbraith is an Honorary Reader in the Department of Statistical Science at UCL. He joined the department in 1967, was Head of Department from 1990 to 1996, and retired in 2007. He has an MSc in Mathematics from the University of New Zealand an a DSc in Statistics from the University of London. He has been Business Manager of the Biometrika Trust since 1978.

Research Interests

Rex has a long standing interest in applications of probability and statistics to science, and the interplay between statistics and science. He has contributed to a variety of fields, particularly to the theory and application of fission track analysis for geological thermal histories and provenance studies, optically stimulated luminescence dating, and geochronology in general.

Selected publications

    2013

    • Jacobs, Z., Hayes, E. H., Roberts, R. G., Galbraith, R. F., Henshilwood, C. S. (2013). An improved OSL chronology for the Still Bay layers at Blombos Cave, South Africa: further tests of single-grain dating procedures and a re-evaluation of the timing of the Still Bay industry across southern Africa. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE 40(1), 579-594 doi:10.1016/j.jas.2012.06.037. Author URL

    2012

    • Galbraith, R. F., Roberts, R. G. (2012). Statistical aspects of equivalent dose and error calculation and display in OSL dating: An overview and some recommendations. QUATERNARY GEOCHRONOLOGY 11, 1-27 doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2012.04.020. Author URL

    2010

    • Ben Mohamed, L., Cherif, M., Harrabi, M., Galbraith, R. F., Strange, R. N. (2010). Effects of sowing date on severity of blight caused by Ascochyta rabiei and yield components of five chickpea cultivars grown under two climatic conditions in Tunisia. EUR J PLANT PATHOL 126(3), 293-303 doi:10.1007/s10658-009-9546-8.
    • Galbraith, R. F. (2010). On plotting OSL equivalent dose estimates. Ancient TL 28, 1-9
    • Turney, C. S. M., Fifield, L. K., Hogg, A. G., Palmer, J. G., Hughen, K., Baillie, M. G. L., Galbraith, R., Ogden, J., Lorrey, A., Tims, S. G., Jones, R. T. (2010). The potential of New Zealand kauri (Agathis australis) for testing the synchronicity of abrupt climate change during the Last Glacial Interval (60,000-11,700 years ago). QUATERNARY SCI REV 29(27-28), 3677-3682 doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.08.017.

    2009

    • Arnold, L. J., Roberts, R. G., Galbraith, R. F., DeLong, S. B. (2009). A revised burial dose estimation procedure for optical dating of young and modern-age sediments. QUAT GEOCHRONOL 4(4), 306-325 doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2009.02.017.

    2008

    • Jacobs, Z., Roberts, R. G., Galbraith, R. F., Deacon, H. J., Grun, R., Mackay, A., Mitchell, P., Vogelsang, R., Wadley, L. (2008). Ages for the Middle Stone Age of Southern Africa: Implications for Human Behavior and Dispersal. SCIENCE 322(5902), 733-735 doi:10.1126/science.1162219.

    2007

    • Hogg, A. G., Fifield, K., Palmer, J. G., Turney, C. S. M., Galbraith, R. F. (2007). Robust radiocarbon dating of wood samples by high-sensitivity liquid scintillation spectroscopy in the 50-70 kyr age range. Radiocarbon 49, 379-391
    • Turney, C. S. M., Fifield, K., Palmer, J. G., Hogg, A. G., Baillie, M. G. L., Galbraith, R. F., Ogden, J., Lorrey, A., Tims, S. G. (2007). Towards a radiocarbon calibration for OXYGEN ISOTOPE STAGE 3 using New Zealand kauri (Agathis Australis). Radiocarbon 49, 447-457

    2006

    • Hogg, A. G., Fifield, L. K., Turney, C. S. M., Palmer, J. G., Galbraith, R., Baillie, M. G. K. (2006). Dating ancient wood by high-sensitivity liquid scintillation counting and accelerator mass spectrometry - Pushing the boundaries. QUAT GEOCHRONOL 1(4), 241-248 doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2006.11.001.

    2005

    • Galbraith, R. (2005). Statistics for Fission Track Analysis. (First, 1). Boca Raton, FL, USA Chapman & Hall/CRC.

    2004

    • Crossland, M. D., Sims, M., Galbraith, R. F., Rubin, G. S. (2004). Evaluation of a new quantitative technique to assess the number and extent of preferred retinal loci in macular disease. Vision Research 44, 1537-1546
    • Galbraith, R. F., Roberts, R. D., Yoshida, H. (2004). Error variation in OSL palaeodose estimates from single aliquots of quartz: a factorial experiment. Radiation Measurements 39, 289-307 doi:10.1016/j.radmeas.2004.03.023.
    • Roberts, R. D., Galbraith, R. F., Yoshida, H. (2004). Margins of error: their meaning, measurement and magnitude in Luminescence dating. Robertson Workshop on Environmental Geochemistry and Geochronology, Robertson, NSW.

    2003

    • Galbraith, R. (2003). A simple homogeneity test for estimates of palaeodose obtained using OSL. Ancient Thermoluminescence 21, 75-77

    2002

    • Crossland, M. D., Sims, M., Galbraith, R. F., Culham, L. E., Rubin, G. S. (2002). A new quantitative technique to determine the number and extent of preferred retinal loci in macular disease. INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE. ( Vol. 43 pp.U1052-U1052). ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC.
    • Galbraith, R. F. (2002). A note on the variance of a background corrected OSL count. Ancient Thermoluminescence 20, 49-51
    • Galbraith, R. F. (2002). Some remarks on fission-track observational biases and crystallographic orientation effects. American Mineralogy 87, 991-995

    2000

    • Fordham, J. L. A., Moorhead, C. F., Galbraith, R. F. (2000). Dynamic-range limitations of intensified CCD photon-counting detectors. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 312, 83-88
    • Laslett, G. M., Galbraith, R. F. (2000). Statistical Modelling of thermal annealing of fission tracks in Durango apatite. University College London.
    • Roberts, R. G., Galbraith, R., Yoshida, H., Laslett, G. M., Olley, J. M. (2000). Distinguishing dose populations in sediment mixtures: a test of single-grain optical dating procedures using mixtures of laboratory-dosed quartz. Radiation Measurements 32, 459-465
    • Yoshida, H., Roberts, R. G., Olley, J. M., Laslett, G. M., Galbraith, R. (2000). Extending the age range of optical dating using single 'supergrains' of quartz. Radiation Measurements 32, 439-446

    1999

    • Galbraith, R. F. (1999). Sands of Time. UCL Science 13
    • Galbraith, R. F., Bigazzi, G. (1999). Point-counting technique for fission-track dating of tephra glass shards, and its relative standard error. Quaternary Research 51, 67-73
    • Galbraith, R. F., Roberts, R. G., Laslett, G. M., Yoshida, H., Olley, J. M. (1999). Optical dating of single and multiple grains of quartz from jinmium rock shelter, northern Australia, part 1, Experimental design and statistical models. Archaeometry 41, 339-364
    • Roberts, R. G., Galbraith, R. F., Olley, J. M., Laslett, G. M., Yoshida, H. (1999). A blind test of single grain optical dating using a multiple-dose mixture.
    • Roberts, R. G., Galbraith, R. F., Olley, J. M., Laslett, G. M., Yoshida, H. (1999). Optical dating of single grains of quartz from Jinmium rock shelter, northern Australia. Part II: results, interpretations and implications. Archaeometry 41, 365-395

    1998

    • Galbraith, R. F. (1998). How many Greens in a Tony? On Track
    • Galbraith, R. F. (1998). The trouble with "probability density" plots fission track ages. Radiation Measurements 29, 125-131
    • Galbraith, R. F. (1998). Trigonometric Regression. In Armitage, P., Colton, T. (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Biostatistics ( ). Wiley.
    • Galbraith, R., Roberts, R., Olley, J., Yoshida, H., Laslett, G. (1998). Optical dating of sediments from Jinmium rock shelter, Northern Australia. 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Seattle.
    • Roberts, R., Bird, M., Galbraith, R. F., Lawson, E., Laslett, G., Yoshida, H., Jones, R., Fullagar, R., Jacobsen, G., Hus, Q. (1998). Optical and radiocarbon dating at Jinmium rock shelter in Northern Australia. Nature 393, 358-368
    • Roberts, R., Yoshida, H., Galbraith, R. F., Laslett, G., Jones, R., Smith, M. (1998). New methods verify Malakunanja ages. Ancient Thermoluminescence 16, 19-24
    • Tagami, T., Galbraith, R. F., Yamada, R., Laslett, G. M. (1998). Revised annealing kinetics of fission tracks in zircon and geological implications. In Van den haute, P., De Corte, F. (Eds.). Advances in Fission-Track Geochronology ( pp.99-112). Academic Publishers.

    1997

    • Galbraith, R. F. (1997). A negative association. On Track
    • Galbraith, R. F., Laslett, G. M. (1997). Statistical modelling of thermal annealing of fission tracks in zircon. Chemical Geology (Isotope Geoscience Section) 140, 123-135
    • van der Touw, J. W., Galbraith, R. F., Laslett, G. M. (1997). A logistic truncated normal mixture model for overdispersed binomial data. Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation 59, 349-373

    1996

    • Butler, R., FitzGibbon, C., Gardner, J., Macfarlane, A., Smalls, M., Draper, D., Galbraith, R., Eastwood, A., Sheldon, T. A., Smith, P., Galbraith, J. I., Copas, J. B., Kapadia, R., Schagen, I., Brand, R., Louis, T. A., Leyland, A. H., Gore, S., Goodhardt, G., Senn, S., Langford, I. H., Bartholomew, D., Longford, N. T., Diamond, I., Steele, F., Normand, S. L., McKee, M., Abrams, K. R., Lambert, P. C., Chatfield, C., Christiansen, C. L., Ecob, R., Fielding, A., Harrell, F. E., Kendrick, S., Muxworthy, D., Russell, D., Russell, I., Snijders, T. A. B., Spencer, N. H., TarnowMordi, W. (1996). League tables and their limitations: Statistical issues in comparisons of institutional performance - Discussion. J ROY STAT SOC A STA 159, 409-443
    • Galbraith, R. F., Galbraith, J. I. (1996). A note on the graphical presentation of a collection of means. Letter to the Editor. J ROY STATIST SOC A 159, 611-613
    • Galbraith, R. F., Galbraith, J. I. (1996). On the graphical presentation of a collection of means. J ROY STAT SOC A STA 159, 611-613
    • Galbraith, R. F., Gleadow, A. J. W., Foster, D. A. (1996). Fission track dating of apatites from a mid-oceanic continental segment: the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean. International Workshop on Fission Track Dating.
    • Galbraith, R. F., Laslett, G. M. (1996). Statistical analysis of semi-track lengths. International Workshop on Fission Track Dating.
    • Galbraith, R. F., Laslett, G. M. (1996). Statistical modelling of thermal annealing of fission tracks in apatite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 60, 5117-5131
    • Galbraith, R. F., Laslett, G. M. (1996). Statistical modelling of thermal annealing of fission tracks in apatite. International Workshop on Fission Track Dating.
    • Galbraith, R. F., Laslett, G. M. (1996). Statistical properties of semi-tracks in fission track analysis. Radiation Measurements 26, 565-576
    • Galbraith, R. F., van der Touw, J., Laslett, G. M. (1996). A four parameter model for mixed fission track ages. CSIRO Division of Mathematics and Statistics.
    • Goutis, C., Galbraith, R. F. (1996). A parametric model for heterogeneity in paired Poisson counts. Canadian Journal of Statistics 24, 569-581

    1994

    • Galbraith, R. F. (1994). Some applications of radial plots. Journal of the American Statistical Association 89, 1232-1242

    1993

    • Galbraith, R. F., Laslett, G. M. (1993). Statistical models for mixed fission track ages. Nuclear Tracks and Radiation Measurements 21, 459-470
    • Laslett, G. M., Galbraith, R. F., Green, P. F. (1993). The analysis of projected fission track lengths. Radiation Measurements 23, 103-123
    • Miller, D. S., Crowley, K. D., Dokka, R. K., Galbraith, R. F., Kowallis, B. J., Naeser, C. W. (1993). Results of interlaboratory comparison of fission track ages for the 1992 Fission Track Workshop. Nuclear Tracks and Radiation Measurements 21, 565-573

    1990

    • Galbraith, R. F. (1990). Tha radial plot: graphical assessment of spread in ages. Nuclear Tracks and Radiation Measurements 17, 207-214
    • Galbraith, R. F., Green, P. F. (1990). Estimating the component ages in a finite mixture. Nuclear Tracks and Radiation Measurements 17, 196-206
    • Galbraith, R. F., Laslett, G. M., Green, P. F., Duddy, I. R. (1990). Apatite fission track analysis: geological thermal history analysis based on a three-dimensional random process of linear radiation damage. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A 332, 419-438

    1988

    • Galbraith, R. F. (1988). A note on graphical presentation of estimated odds ratios from several clinical trials. Stat Med 7(8), 889-894 Author URL
    • Galbraith, R. F. (1988). Graphical display of estimates having differing standard errors. Technometrics 30, 271-281
    • Galbraith, R. F., Laslett, G. M. (1988). Some calculations relevant to thermal annealing of fission tracks in apatite. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A 419, 305-321

    1986

    • Galbraith, R. F. (1986). Allocation of grains in the population method of fission track dating. Nuclear Tracks and Radiation Measurements 11, 201-203
    • Galbraith, R. F. (1986). Statistical analysis of CW Naeser's Fish Canyon zircon data. Nuclear Tracks and Radiation Measurements 11, 295-300

    1985

    • Galbraith, R. F., Laslett, G. M. (1985). Some remarks on statistical estimation in fission track dating. Nuclear Tracks 10, 361-363

    1984

    • Galbraith, R. F. (1984). On statistical estimation in fission track dating. Mathematical Geology 16, 653-669

    1982

    • Galbraith, R. F. (1982). Statistical analysis of some fission track counts and neutron fluence measurements. Nuclear Tracks 6, 99-107
    • Galbraith, R. F., Walley, D. (1982). Further properties of unilateral binary processes. Journal of Applied Probability 19, 332-343

    1981

    • Galbraith, R. F. (1981). On statistical models for fission track counts: reply. Mathematical Geology 13, 485-488
    • Galbraith, R. F. (1981). On statistical models for fission track counts. Mathematical Geology 13, 471-478

    1980

    • Galbraith, R. F., Walley, D. (1980). Ergodic properties of a two dimensional binary process. Journal of Applied Probability 17, 124-133

    1978

    • BROOKS, R. J., DAWID, A. P., GALBRAITH, J. I., GALBRAITH, R. F., STONE, M., SMITH, A. F. M. (1978). FORECASTING CAR OWNERSHIP. J ROY STAT SOC A STA 141, 64-68

    1976

    • GALBRAITH, R. F., WALLEY, D. (1976). 2-DIMENSIONAL BINARY PROCESS. J APPL PROBAB 13(3), 548-557
    • Galbraith, R. F., Walley, D. (1976). On a two dimensional binary process. Journal of Applied Probability 13, 548-557

    1975

    • WELBERRY, T. R., GALBRAITH, R. (1975). EFFECT OF NONLINEARITY ON A 2-DIMENSIONAL MODEL OF CRYSTAL-GROWTH DISORDER. J APPL CRYSTALLOGR 8(DEC1), 636-644

    1974

    • FINUCAN, H. M., GALBRAIT.RF,, STONE, M. (1974). MOMENTS WITHOUT TEARS IN SIMPLE RANDOM SAMPLING FROM A FINITE POPULATION. BIOMETRIKA 61(1), 151-154
    • GALBRAIT.RF,, GALBRAIT.JI, (1974). INVERSES OF SOME PATTERNED MATRICES ARISING IN THEORY OF STATIONARY TIME SERIES. J APPL PROBAB 11(1), 63-71

    1973

    • Welberry, T. R., Galbraith, R. F. (1973). A two dimensional model of crystal growth disorder. Journal of Applied Crystallography 6, 87-96

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