Dominic Dayta is a novelist and statistician born and raised in the Philippines. He received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, and later his masters degree in Statistics from the School of Statistics, University of the Philippines, Diliman. Dominic is currently working on his doctorate at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology, within the Mathematical Informatics laboratory. His statistical work focuses largely on statistical quality control, nonparametric statistics, and regression-based analysis with applications in quality control, bioinformatics, computational linguistics and natural language processing.

Present Affiliations

  • Doctoral Student, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST)


  • Master of Science, Statistics (University of the Philippines, 2021)
  • Bachelor of Science, Statistics (University of the Philippines, 2017)


His first story, “An Amazona In Manila” won second prize in the World War II True Stories Contest hosted jointly by the Philippine Veterans Bank and Philippine Daily Inquirer in 2013. Since then, his works have appeared in venues in and out of his home country, among them Philippines GraphicPhilippine Daily InquirerManila BulletinLiwaywayTAYO Literary MagazineThe Brasilia Review, and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. He is currently the nonfiction editor for ALPAS, an e-journal for community-based crafts (literary, visual, or otherwise) by emerging artists from the Philippines.

Literary Influences: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kobo Abe, Ryu Murakami, Andres Cristobal Cruz, Jessica Zafra, Stephen King

A complete listing of published prose and poetry can be found here.

Recent Publications:

Documents, Pink Slips, and Guy Montag

Because the family is moving to our new house in Bulacan, the last couple of weeks have been one of decluttering. In an attempt to minimize the cost of transporting so many items and personal effects from Caloocan (while coming at the cost of having to buy more new stuff), we’ve been picking from our…

Human Nightmares, Capitalist Dreams

Amid the confusion of last year, with the pandemic taking hold of the world like a baby gender reveal-caused forest fire, and the sudden shift to work from home (for some of us, at least) amid quarantine measures being passed down by governments, I was actually able to write two stories of some publishable merit.…

Carla and the Uncanny Valley

The idea of marrying my two primary preoccupations – statistics and literature – has been in the back burner of my mind for as long as the split began. I went through high school thinking I was going to take a course in comparative literature in university, but come the time to actually decide my…

Statistics and Data Science

Dominic is a classically trained statistician, having received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Statistics at the University of the Philippines. He does consulting work for universities and private entities on statistical quality control and develops bespoke models for a variety of applications.

Research Interests and Expertise: High dimensional data analysis, large-scale inference, natural language processing, regression methods, statistical quality control, quantitative finance.

A complete listing of published research and conference proceedings can be found here and on Google Scholar.

Recent publications and research endeavors:

Getting It Out There

Today, the preprint for my thesis finally goes live on arXiv. The paper is a condensed version of the original, hundred-or-so page manuscript that now sits in hardback in my shelf among my prized collections of textbooks and monographs. My initiation, so to speak, into the world of academia. My adviser and examiners had the…