Antar Bandyopadhyay

Associate Professor

Theoretical Statistics and Mathematics Unit

Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi Centre

Office Address : Theoretical Statistics and Mathematics Unit
Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi Centre
7 S. J. S. Sansanwal Marg
New Delhi 110016
Office Room : 208 Faculty Building
Phone : +91 11 4149 3932
Fax : +91 11 4149 3981
E-Mail : antar (at) isid (dot) ac (dot) in

I graduated from University of California, Berkeley with PhD in Statistics in May 2003. My dissertation was on Max-type Recursive Distributional Equations and I worked under the guidance of Professor David J. Aldous. To see a summary of my dissertation click here.

I am currently working as an Associate Professor at the Theoretical Statistics and Mathematics Division of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI). I primarily stay in the Theoretical Statistics and Mathematics Unit at the New Delhi Centre of the institute, but I also spent time at the Theoretical Statistics and Mathematics Unit at the Headquarters of ISI in Kolkata.

In Fall 2008 semester (August 1 - December 4, 2008) I was in ISI, Kolkata, then again was there during May 1, 2011 till July 30, 2011. In ISI, Kolkata my office is in Room Number 3.16 on the 3rd floor of the A. N. Kolmogorov Bhavan. There my office phone number is +91 (0)33 2575 2312.

In the academic year 2013 - 2014 (August 2013 - June 2014) I will be visiting the Department of Statistics of the University of California, Berkeley as a visiting Associate Professor. In UC, Berkeley my office is in Room Number 387 on the 3rd floor of the Evans Hall.

Before joining ISI, I did a two years postdoctoral study (September 2004 - August 2006) at the Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, in the Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, where I worked under Professors Jeffrey Steif, Olle Häaggströom and Johan Jonasson. Earlier (September 2003 - August 2004) I was at the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, as a postdoctoral member, and worked with Professor Ofer Zeitouni.


I organized the weekly seminar series of the Theoretical Statistics and Mathematics Unit, ISI, New Delhi for four years, from Fall 2006 till Fall 2010 (except in the Fall 2008 when I was not in Delhi it was organized by Maneesh Thakur). From Spring Semester 2010 till Fall 2010 my co-organizer was Deepayan Sarkar.



Summary of Research Interest: My main research interest is in theoretical and applied probability mainly focusing on discrete problems arising out of combinatorics, statistical physics and computer science. In particular I am interested in random graphs, probability on tress, combinatorial optimization and statistical physics problems, recursive distributional equations, branching random walks, percolation theory, interacting particle systems, Markov chains and their mixing behavior, random walks in random environment and urn models. I also keep strong interest in theoretical statistics and probability questions arising out of it.

Work in Progress:



  1. (with Farkhondeh Sajadi) On the Expected Total Number of Infections for Virus Spread on a Finite Network. (acceptaed for publication in the Annals of Applied Probability), 2014.

  2. (with Sanjay Chaudhuri) On Standared Deviation Estimates for Tree Order Restricted Models. (accepted for publication in Statistics), 2013.

  3. (with Farkhondeh Sajadi) On the Nearest-Neighbor Algorithm for the Mean-Field Traveling Salesman Problem. J. Appl. Prob., 51(1): 106 - 117, 2014.

  4. (with Farkhondeh Sajadi) Connectivity Threshold of Random Geometric Graphs with Cantor Distributed Vertices. Statist. Probab. Lett., 82: 2103 - 2107, 2012.

  5. Endogeny for the Logistic Recursive Distributional Equation. Journal for Analysis and its Applications (ZAA), 30(2): 237 - 251, 2011.

  6. (with Rahul Roy and Anish Sarkar) On the One Dimensional "Learning from Neighbours" Model. Electronic J. Probab., 15: 1574 - 1593 2010.

  7. (with Jeffrey Steif and Ádám Timár) On the Cluster Size Distribution for Percolation on Some General Graphs. Revista Mathemática Iberoamericana, 26(2): 529 - 550, 2010.

  8. (with David Gamarnik) Counting Without Sampling: Asymptotics of the Log-Partition Function for Certain Statistical Physics Models. Random Structures and Algorithms, 33(4): 452 - 479, 2008.

  9. A Necessary and Sufficient Condition for the Tail-Triviality of a Recursive Tree Process. Sankhya, 68(1): 1 - 23, 2006.

  10. (with Ofer Zeitouni) Random Walk in Dynamic Markovian Random Environment. ALEA : Latin American Journal of Probability and Mathematical Statistics, 1: 205 - 224, 2006.

  11. (with David Gamarnik) Counting without sampling. New algorithms for enumeration problems using statistical physics. Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, 17: 890 - 899, 2006.

  12. (with David J. Aldous) A Survey of Max-Type Recursive Distributional Equations. Annals of Applied Probability, 15(2): 1047 - 1110, 2005.

  13. Bivariate Uniqueness in the Logistic Recursive Distributional Equation. Technical Report # 629, Department of Statistics, UC, Berkeley, 2002 (November).

  14. (with David J. Aldous) How to Combine Fast Heuristic Markov Chain Monte Carlo with Slow Exact Sampling. Electronic Commun. Probab., 6: 79 - 89, 2001.

Dissertation Research:


David J. Aldous, Siva Athreya, Sanjay Chaudhuri, Amites Dasgupta, David Gamarnik, Rahul Roy, Farkhondeh Sajadi, Anish Sarkar, Jeffrey Steif, Debleena Thacker, Ádám Timár, Ofer Zeitouni.

Ph.D. Students (in reverse chronological order):

  1. Gursharn Kaur

    • Thesis Title: Urn Models with Negative Reinforcements (tentative).
    • Date of Graduation: 2017 (expected year of graduation).
    • Field: Statistics (Probability Theory).

  2. Debleena Thacker

    • Thesis Title: Infinite Color Urn Models (tentative).
    • Date of Graduation: 2014 (expected year of graduation).
    • Field: Mathematics (Probability Theory).

  3. Farkhondeh Sajadi

M.Stat. (Dissertation) Student:

  1. Subhabrata Sen

    • Dissertation Title: De-preferential Attachment Random Graph Models.
    • Year of Dissertation: 2012 - 2013.
    • Specialization: Mathematical Statistics and Probability.
    • Affiliation: Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.


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