Rocco Micciolo


Statistical methods (both descriptive and inferential) are fundamental in scientific fields. Life science disciplines (Biology, Medicine, Psychology) were and are still seminal in providing requests that marked the beginning of new methodologies or the extension of existing techniques. Important examples are Generalized Linear Models, Survival Analysis and, more recently, Mixed Models.

Furthermore, when randomization techniques cannot be employed (in observational studies) the evaluation of potential confounders as well as caution in the conclusions are mandatory. 

Research topics

  1. Survival Analysis
  2. Longitudinal Data Analysis
  3. Analysis of Incidence Data from computerized registries
  4. Repeated Measures Analysis
  5. Mixed Models
  6. Generalized Linear Models
  7. Evaluation of diagnostic techniques

Internal collaborations

Luisa Canal, Associate Professor
Patrizia Ghislandi, Full Professor
Massimiliano Zampini, Associate Professor

External collaborations

Liliana Albertazzi, Department of Humanities, University of Trento
Giuseppe Arbia, Department of Statistical Sciences, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Federica Bortolotti, Department of Diagnostics and Public Health, Universiy of Verona
Adriano Decarli, Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, University of Milano
Giuseppe Espa, Department of Economics and Management, University of Trento
Franco Tagliaro, Department of Diagnostics and Public Health, Universiy of Verona
Mauro Zamboni, Department of Surgery, Dentistry, Paediatrics and Gynaecology, Universiy of Verona

Selected publications

Scientific articles:

  • Giuseppe Arbia, Giuseppe Espa, Diego Giuliani, Rocco Micciolo (2017). A spatial analysis of health and pharmaceutical firm survival. Journal of Applied Statistics, 44: 1560-1575. DOI: 10.1080/02664763.2016.1214249
  • Targher S, Micciolo R, Occelli V, Zampini M. (2017). The Role of Temporal Disparity on Audiovisual Integration in Low-Vision Individuals. Perception, 46(12): 1356-1370. DOI: 10.1177/0301006617720124
  • Luisa Canal, Patrizia Ghislandi, Rocco Micciolo (2015). Pattern of accesses over time in an online asynchronous forum and academic achievements. British Journal of Educational Technology, 46 (3): 619–628. DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12158
  • Federica Bortolotti, Rocco Micciolo, Luisa Canal, Franco Tagliaro (2015). First Objective Association Between Elevated Carbohydrate-Deficient Transferrin Concentrations and Alcohol-Related Traffic Accidents. ALCOHOLISM: CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH, 39(11). DOI: 10.1111/acer.12879
  • Adriano Decarli, Carlo La Vecchia, Matteo Malvezzi, Rocco Micciolo (2014). An R package for fitting age, period and cohort models. Epidemiology Biostatistics and Public Health, 11(4). DOI: 10.2427/9977
  • L. Canal, R. Micciolo (2014).  The chi-square controversy: what if Pearson had R?  JOURNAL OF STATISTICAL COMPUTATION AND SIMULATION, 84(5): 1015-1021. DOI: 10.1080/00949655.2012.737793
  • Albertazzi, Liliana; Da Pos, Osvaldo; Canal, Luisa; Micciolo, Rocco; Malfatti, Michela; Vescovi, Massimo (2013).  The hue of shapes.  JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-HUMAN PERCEPTION AND PERFORMANCE, 39(1): 37-47. DOI: 10.1037/a0028816
  • Federica Bortolotti,Maria Teresa Trevisan, Rocco Micciolo, Luisa Canal, Anthula Vandoros, Timothy M. Palmbach, Franco Tagliaro (2013). Re-assessment of the cut-off levels of Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin (CDT) for automated immunoassay and multi-capillary electrophoresis for application in a forensic context. Clinica Chimica Acta, 416. DOI: 10.1016/j.cca.2012.11.015
  • Micciolo R, Canal L, Minniti A, Mazzali G, Fantin F, Corzato F, Antonioli A, Harris TB, Zamboni M. (2013). The association between excess weight and comorbidity and self-rated health in the Italian population. Annals of Epidemiology, 23(4):172-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2013.02.003
  • Micciolo R, Di Francesco V, Fantin F, Canal L, Harris TB, Bosello O, Zamboni M. (2010). Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in Italy (2001–2008): Is There a Rising Obesity Epidemic? Annals of Epidemiology, 20(4):258-264. DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2010.01.006

Chapters in books:

  • Canal L.; Micciolo R., Measuring the immeasurable. Quantitative analyses of perceptual experiments. In L. Albertazzi (a cura di), Handbook of experimental phenomenology: Visual Perception of Shape, Space and Appearance, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, p. 477-498. - ISBN: 9781119954682


  • Espa G.; Micciolo R., Problemi ed esperimenti di statistica con R. Milano: Apogeo, 2008. - ISBN: 9788850327379
  • Espa G.; Micciolo R., Analisi esplorativa dei dati con R. Milano: Apogeo, 2012. - ISBN: 9788850330317
  • Micciolo R.; Espa G.; Canal L., Ricerca con R. Metodi di inferenza statistica. Milano: Apogeo, 2013, 288 p. - ISBN: 97888503319


Further information can be found at the following webpage: Rocco Micciolo