The Mountain-Whisper-Light

Quest for clarity and understanding.

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Experts in many statistical applications.

From medicine to law, from design to reporting, we assist our clients in understanding their data.

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Decades of excellence in statistical consulting.

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Our clients benefit from the rigorous and effective use of statistics and data science to fulfill their research goals. Additionally, we provide expert testimony and support in legal proceedings. Since 1989, The Mountain-Whisper-Light has served numerous research institutions, universities, companies, government agencies and individuals. Our clients appreciate our collaborative approach and the clarity of the results and presentation.

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Our projects span the fields of medicine, public health, environment, business, law and community studies.

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Nayak Polissar, PhD.

Statistician, Owner

Nayak has a PhD in statistics from Princeton University where he studied under the legendary John Tukey. He served on the faculty of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington and the faculty of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for 15 years until he founded The Mountain-Whisper-Light Statistics in 1989. He has been on the UW affiliate faculty since then.

Nayak is involved in most of the company projects. His focus is on study design, data analysis methods and clear presentation of statistical results. He has authored or co-authored over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and also has been in demand as an expert witness. He has a record of community service and twice received the “Lifting up the World with a Oneness-Heart” award and was appointed an Honorary Distinguished Citizen of Washington State.

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Nirnaya Mil, MS, PhD.


Nirnaya has a MS in Biostatistics from the University of Washington and a PhD in Physics from Northwestern University. He also completed post-doctoral research work at Brown University and California Institute of Technology.

He has worked on a diverse range of statistical consulting projects and joined The Mountain-Whisper-Light in 2019, where he participates as a key statistician with most clients. Included in Nirnaya’s previous projectlist are:

  • A machine learning model for predicting hypertension during surgery
  • A study of racial bias in Illinois traffic and pedestrian stops
  • A project with six pharmaceutical firms to efficiently determine treatment efficacy
  • State-of-the-art statistical modeling for a dietary intake study
  • Development of forensically defensible breath-alcohol measurement methodology

 Additionally, Nirnaya has contributed to multiple peer-reviewed journals.

 He has a strong interest in the emerging field of data science and is leading the company’s expansion in this area. He is also highly experienced in using online platforms for government contracting (Govwin, ExGovOpps, and PTAC).

Outside of work, Nirnaya enjoys translating poetry, playing guitar and recreational running.

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