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Massimo Aria is associate professor in Statistics for Social Sciences at the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Naples Federico II and Ph.D. in Computational Statistics.

He is professor of Statistics for Social Sciences, Statistical Inference, Statistics for Business Decision Making at the degree course in Economy of the University of Naples Federico II.

He is professor of R programming at the master course in Economy of the University of Naples Federico II. 

He is professor of MatLab and R programming at the PhD course in Social Science and Statistics of the University of Naples Federico II.

His favorite field of research, in the methodological statistics, concern with methods of non-parametric classification and regression, with a particular reference to the tree-based models and to the incremental approaches for: data editing and the imputation of missing values; and to the customer satisfaction techniques. In the field of Applied Statistics, he worked to the planning and realization of sample surveys and the use of methods of multidimensional data analysis and Data editing for the analysis of problems connected to social, health, economic and biological phenomena.

He is author of several software packages written in MatLab and R languages in the field of statistical methodologies applied to health, and social sciences.

From 2007 He is member of STAD research group (

During last decade, he has participated, as researcher member or coordinator, to several research projects among them three European projects, three national projects financed by MIUR and seven projects financed by Campania Region.




An R-tool for comprehensive science mapping analysis

A tool for quantitative research in scientometrics and bibliometrics. 

Bibliometrix package provides various routines for importing bibliographic data from SCOPUS, Clarivate Analytics' Web of Science, PubMed and Cochrane databases, performing bibliometric analysis and building data matrices for co-citation, coupling, scientific collaboration analysis and co-word analysis. 

PLS-SEM Matlab Toolbox

PLS-SEM Toolbox provides the capability to estimate Structural Equation Models with Partial Least Squares algorithm (SEM-PLS, PLS-SEM or PLS Path Modeling). 

Different setups for estimation of factor scores and weighting schemes can be used. Moreover, it comprises modular routines for computation of bootstrap confidence intervals, model parameters and several quality indices. 

Numerous graphical outputs help to assess the model. 

Maltab Central File Exchange Repository 


[-] Aria M., Gaeta G.L., Marani U. (2018) Similarities and differences in competitiveness among European NUTS 2: an empirical analysis based on 2010-2013 data, Social Indicators Research, DOI: 10.1007/s11205-018-1909-0.

[-] Aria M., D’Ambrosio A., Iorio C., Siciliano R., Cozza V. (2018) Dynamic recursive tree-based partitioning for malignant melanoma identification in skin lesion dermoscopic images, Statistical Papers, DOI: 10.1007/s00362-018-0997-x.

[-] Allini A., Aria M., Macchioni R., Zagaria C. (2018) Motivations behind users participation in the standard-setting process: a focus on financial analysts, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, DOI: 10.1016/j.jaccpubpol.2018.04.002 .

[-] Della Corte V., Aria M., Del Gaudio G. (2018) Strategic governance in tourism destinations, The International Journal of Tourism Research, DOI: 10.1002/jtr.2192.

[-] Faggiano A., Modica R., Severino R., Camera L., Fonti R., Del Prete M., Chiofalo M.G., Aria M., Ferolla P., Vitale G., Pezzullo L., Colao A. (2018) The antiproliferative effect of pasireotide LAR alone and in combination with everolimus in patients with medullary thyroid cancer: a single-center, open-label, phase II, proof-of-concept study, Endocrine, DOI: 10.1007/s12020-018-1583-7.

[-] Adamo D., Mignogna M. D., Pecoraro G., Aria M., Fortuna G. (2018) Management of Reticular Oral Lichen Planus patients with Burning Mouth Syndrome-like oral symptoms: a pilot study, Journal of Dermatological Treatment, DOI: 10.1080/09546634.2018.1425359.

[-] Aria, M., Cuccurullo, C. (2017). bibliometrix: An R-tool for comprehensive science mapping analysis. Journal of Informetrics, 11(4), 959-975, DOI: 10.1016/j.joi.2017.08.007.

[-] Siciliano R., D’Ambrosio A., Aria M., Amodio S. (2017) Analysis of web visit histories, part II: Predicting navigation by Nested Stump Regression Trees, Journal of Classification, DOI: 10.1007/s00357-017-9239-5.

[-] Aria M., Della Corte V., Piscitelli A. (2017) Business Orientation and Governance Choices in Cultural Firms: A Survey Research in Area of Naples, Italian Journal of Applied Statistics, 29(1), RCE multimedia, ISSN 1125-1964.

[-] D’Ambrosio A., Aria M., Siciliano R., Iorio C. (2017) Regression trees for multivalued numerical response variables, Expert Systems with Applications, 69, pp. 1339-1351, DOI: 10.1016/j.eswa.2016.10.021.

[-] Della Corte V., Aria M., Del Gaudio G. (2017) Smart, Open, User Innovation and Competitive Advantage: a Model for Museums and Heritage Sites. Museum Management and Curatorship (RMMC), DOI: 10.1080/09647775.2016.1247380.

[-] Piscitelli A., Aria M., Fasanelli R. (2017) Humanisation of care pathways: Training Program Evaluation Among Healthcare Professionals, Electronic Journal of Applied Statistical Analysis, 10(2), 485-498, DOI: 10.1285/i20705948v10n2p484

[-] Scandurra, A., Alterisio, A., Aria M., Varnese R., D’Aniello, B. (2017) Should I fetch one or the other? A study on dogs on the object choice in the bimodal contrasting paradigm, Animal Cognition, DOI: 10.1007/s10071-017-1145-z.

[-] D’Aniello, B., Alterisio, A., Semin G.R., Aria M., Scandurra, A. (2017) Interspecies transmission of emotional information via chemisognals: form humans to dogs (Canis lupus familiaris), Animal Cognition, DOI: 10.1007/s10071-017-1139-x.

[-] D’Aniello, B., Alterisio, A., Scandurra, A, Aria M. (2017) What's the point? Golden and Labrador retrievers living in kennels do not understand human pointing gestures, Animal Cognition, DOI: 10.1007/s10071-017-1098-2.

[-] Fortuna G., Aria M., Cepeda-Valdes R., Moreno Trevino M.G., Salas-Alan J.C. (2017) Pain in Patients with Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa: Association with Anxiety and Depression, Psychiatry Investigation, 14(6), pp. 746-753, DOI: 10.4306/pi.2017.14.6.746.

[-] Fortuna G., Aria M., Schiavo J. H. (2017) Drug-induced oral lichenoid reactions: a real clinical entity? A systematic review, European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, DOI:10.1007/s00228-017-2325-0.

[-] Fortuna, G., Aria, M., Whitmire, S., Cepeda-Valdes, R., Trevino, M. G. M., & Salas-Alanís, J. C. (2017). Sleep quality and disturbances in patients with dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, Dermatologica Sinica, DOI: 10.1016/j.dsi.2017.07.003.

[-] Adamo D., Sardella A., Varoni E., Lajolo C., Biasotto M., Ottaviani G., Vescovi P., Simonazzi T., Pentenero M., Ardore M., Spadari F., Bombeccari G., Montebugnoli L., Gissi D.B., Campisi G., Panzarella V., Carbone M., Valpreda L., Giuliani M., Aria M., Lo Muzio L., Mignogna M.D. (2017) The association between Burning Mouth Syndrome and Sleep Disturbance: a case-control multicentre study, Oral Diseases, DOI: 10.1111/odi.12807.

[-] Adamo, D., Cascone, M., Celentano, A., Ruoppo, E., Leuci, S., Aria, M., & Mignogna, M. D. (2017). Psychological profiles in patients with Symptomatic Reticular forms of Oral Lichen Planus: a prospective cohort studyJournal of Oral Pathology & Medicine, DOI: 10.1111/jop.12577.

[-] Cuccurullo C., Aria M., Sarto F. (2016) Foundations and Trends in Performance Management. A Twenty-five Years Bibliometric Analysis in Business and Public Administration Domains, Scientometrics, DOI: 10.1007/s11192-016-1948-8.

[-] Aria M., Gaeta G.L., Marani U. (2016) Divari di competitività̀ tra regioni durante la sovereign debt crisis: il Mezzogiorno tra resistenza e resa, Rivista Economica del Mezzogiorno, Il Mulino ed., ISSN: 1120-9534, pp. 399-426, DOI: 10.1432/82351.

[-] Della Corte V., Aria M., (2016) Coopetition and sustainable competitive advantage. The case of tourist destinations, Journal of Tourism Management, Elsevier, 54, pp. 524-540, ISSN: 0261-5177, doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2015.12.009.

[-] Siciliano R., D’Ambrosio A., Aria M., Amodio S. (2016) Analysis of web visit histories, part I: Distance-based visualization of sequence rules, Journal of Classification, 33(2), DOI: 10.1007/s00357-016-9204-8, ISI Impact Factor: 3.083 (Q1 Social Sciences). .

[-] Scandurra A., Magliozzi L., Fulgione D., Aria M., D’Aniello B. (2016) Lepidoptera Papilionoidea communities as a sentinel of biodiversity threat: the case of wild boar rooting in a Mediterranean habitat, Journal of Insect Conservation, DOI 10.1007/s10841-016-9863-0, ISI Impact Factor 1.838.

[-] Circelli L., Sciammarella C., Guadagno E., Tafuto S., del Basso de Caro M., Botti G., Pezzullo L., Aria M., Ramundo V., Tatangelo F., Losito N.S., Ieranò C., D’Alterio C., Izzo F., Ciliberto G., Colao A., Faggiano A., Scala S. (2016) CXCR4/CXCL12/CXCR7 axis is functional in Neuroendocrine Tumors and signals on mTOR, Oncotarget, DOI: 10.18632/oncotarget.7738.

[-] D’Aniello B., Marinelli L., Mongillo P., Scandurra A., Aria M. (2016) Conspecific observational learning by adult dogs in a training context, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Elsevier, ed., 174, Pages 116–120, doi:10.1016/j.applanim.2015.11.003.

[-] Fortuna G., Aria M., Whitmire S, Cepeda-Valdes R., Garcia-Garcia S.C., Moreno-Trevino M.G., Salas-Alanis J.C. (2016) Oral health-related quality of life in patients with dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, American Journal of Oral Medicine, DOI: 10.7726/ajom.2016.1005, 2(2), pp. 43-59.

[-] Leuci S, Aria M, Nicolo M, Spagnuolo G, Warnakulasuriya K, Mignogna M D. (2016) Comparison of views on the need for continuing education on oral cancer between general dentists and oral medicine experts: A Delphi survey. Journal of International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry, 6(5), pp. 465-473, DOI: 10.4103/2231-0762.192944.

[-] Montella A., Galante F., Mauriello F., Aria M. (2015). Continuous Speed Profiles to Investigate Drivers’ Behavior on Two-Lane Rural Highways, Transportation Research Record – Journal of Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2521/2015, pp.3-11. DOI: 10.3141/2521-01

[-] D'Aniello B., Polese G., Luongo L., Scandurra A., Magliozzi L., Aria M., Pinelli C. (2015) Neuroanatomical relationships between FMRFamide-immunoreactive components of the nervus terminalis and the topology of the olfactory bulbs in teleost fish, Cell and Tissue Research, Springer ed., DOI:10.1007/s00441-015-2295-4.

[-] Celentano A., Tovaru S., Yap T., Adamo D., Aria M., Mignogna M.D. (2015) Oral erythema multiforme: trends and clinical findings of a large retrospective European case series, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology Journal, DOI: 10.1016/j.oooo.2015.08.010, ISI Impact Factor: 1.261.

[-] Fortuna G., Aria M., Cepeda-Valdes R., Garcia-Garcia S.C., Moreno-Trevino Mg., Salas-Alanis Jc. (2015) Role of dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa in anxiety, depression, and self-esteem: a controlled cross-sectional study, Journal of Dermatology, Wiley ed., 42(8), DOI:10.1111/1346-8138.13027, ISSN: 1346-8138.

[-] Scandurra A., Prato-Previde E., Valsecchi P., Aria M., D’Aniello B. (2015) Guide dogs as a model for investigating the effect of life experience and training on gazing behavior, Animal Cognition, 18(4), pp.937-944, ISSN: 1435-9448, DOI: 10.1007/s10071-015-0864-2.

[-] Adamo D., Celentano A., Ruppo E., Cucciniello C., Pecoraro G., Aria M., Mignogna M. (2015) The Relationship Between Sociodemographic Characteristics and Clinical Features in Burning Mouth Syndrome, Pain Medicine, Wiley, DOI:10.1111/pme.12808, ISSN: 1526-4637.

[-] Fortuna G., Aria M., Cepeda-Valdes R., Pollio A., Moreno-Trevino Mg., Salas-Alanis Jc. (2015) Clinical features of gingival lesions in patients with dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa: a cross-sectional study, Australian Dental Journal, Wiley, 60(1) pages: 18-23, DOI:10.1111/adj.12264, ISSN: 0045-0421.

[-] Fortuna G., Aria M., Cepeda-Valdes R., Marasca F., Salas-Alanis J.C. (2015) Evaluation of internal consistency of the epidermolysis bullosa oropharyngeal severity score (EBOS), Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, Informa Healthcare, ISSN: 0001-6357, 73(2) pages: 156-160, DOI:  10.3109/00016357.2014.931460.

[-] Adamo D., Ruppo A., Leuci S., Aria M., Amato M., Mignogna M.D. (2014) Sleep disturbances, anxiety and depression in patients with oral lichen planus: a case–control study, Journal of European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/jdv.12525.

[-] Sarto F., Cuccurullo C., Aria M. (2014) Exploring healthcare governance literature: Systematic review and paths for future research, Mecosan Journal, Franco Angeli, 91, pp 61-80, DOI: 10.3280/MESA2014-091004.

[-] Maffei M., Aria M., Fiondella C., Spanò R., Zagaria C. (2014) (Un)useful risk disclosure: Explanations from the Italian banks, Managerial Auditing Journal, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 29 issue 7, DOI: 10.1108/MAJ-11-2013-0964, ISSN: 0268-6902.

[-] Della Corte V., Aria M. (2014) Why strategic networks often fail: Some empirical evidence from the area of Naples, Journal of Tourism Management, Elsevier, ISSN: 0261-5177, Volume 45, pages 3-15, DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2014.03.010.

[-] Marino S., Aria M., Basso B., Leone A.P., Alvino A. (2014) Use of soil and vegetation spectroradiometry to investigate crop water use efficiency of a drip irrigated tomato, European Journal of Agronomy, Elsevier, Vol. 59, pages 67-77, DOI: 10.1016/j.eja.2014.05.012.

[-] Fortuna G., Aria M. (2014) Linear Immunoglobulin A disease and Vancomycin: two real ancestral enemies?, British Journal of Dermatology, Wiley, doi: 10.1111/bjd.13014, Online ISSN: 1365-2133.

[-] Scandurra A., Magliozzi L., Aria M., D’Aniello B. (2014) Short-term effects of fire on Rhopalocera (Lepidoptera) communities: a pilot study in Mediterranean maquis shrubland, Italian Journal of Zoology, Taylor & Francis, ISSN 1125-0003, Vol. 81(4), DOI: 10.1080/11250003.2014.953218.

[-] Pinelli C., Rastogi R. K., Scandurra A., Jadhao A.G., Aria M., D’Aniello (2014) A comparative cluster analysis of adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH)-diaphorase histochemistry in the brains of amphibians, Journal of Comparative Neurology, Wiley, doi: 10.1002/cne.23561.

[-] Amodio S., Aria M., D’Ambrosio A. (2014) On concurvity in nonlinear and nonparametric regression models, Statistica, vol. 74(1), DOI: 10.6092/issn.1973-2201/4599.

[-] Fortuna G., Pollio A., Moreno Trevino M.G., Aria M., Salas-Alanis, J. (2014) Genotype-oropharyngeal phenotype correlation in Mexican patients with dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Vol. , ISSN: 0901-5027, doi: 10.1016/j.ijom.2013.10.004.

[-] Caldarelli A., Fiondella C., Maffei M., Spanò R., Aria M. (2013) CEO performance evaluation systems: empirical findings from the italian regional health services, Public Money and Management, Wiley, Volume 33, Issue 5, pp. 369-376 DOI:10.1080/09540962.2013.817129.

[-] Fortuna G., Lazada-Nur F., Pollio A., Aria M., Cepeda-Valdes, Marinkovich M.P., Bruckner A.L., Salas-Alanis J.C. (2013). Patterns of oral mucosa lesions in patients with epidermolysis bullosa: comparison and agreement between oral medicine and dermatology, Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine, Wiley-Blackwell, DOI: 10.1111/jop.12094, ISSN: 1600-0714.

[-] Fortuna G., Lozada-Nur F., Chainani-Wu N., Aria M., Cepeda-Valdes R., Pollio A., Marinkovich M.P., Martinez-Salazar A.E., Mignogna M., Bruckner A.L., Salas-Alanís J.C. (2013) Epidermolysis bullosa Oropharyngeal Severity score (EBOS): a multicenter development and reliability assessment, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Elsevier, Vol. 68 Issue 1, DOI: 10.1016/j.jaad.2012.04.009.

[-] Adamo D., Schiavone V., Aria M., Leuci S., Ruoppo E., Dell’Aversana G., Mignogna M. (2013). Sleep disturbance in patients with burning mouth syndrome: a case-control study, Journal of Orofacial Pain, Vol. 27, Issue 4, doi: 10.11607/jop.1109.

[-] D’Ambrosio, A., Aria, M., Siciliano, R. (2012) Accurate Tree-based Missing Data Imputation and Data Fusion within the Statistical Learning Paradigm, Journal of Classification, Springer, Volume 29, Number 2 (2012), 227-258, DOI: 10.1007/s00357-012-9108-1.

[-] Montella A., Aria M., D’Ambrosio A., Mauriello F. (2012). Data Mining Techniques for Exploratory Analysis of Pedestrian Crashes, Transportation Research Record – Journal of Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2237/2011, pp.107-116. DOI: 10.3141/2237-12.

[-] Mignogna M., Fortuna G., Pollio A., Aria M., Adamo D., Leuci S., Ruoppo E., (2012) Multiple myeloma versus breast cancer patients with bisphosphonates-related osteonecrosis of the jaws: a comparative analysis of response to treatment and predictors of outcome, Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine, Wiley-Blackwell, DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0714.2011.01095.x.

[-] Montella A., Aria M., D’Ambrosio A., Mauriello F. (2012). Analysis of Powered Two-wheeler crashes in Italy by classification trees and rules discovery, in Accident Analysis & Prevention, Springer Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.04.025.

[-] Montella A., Aria M., D’Ambrosio A., Galante F., Mauriello F., Pernetti M. (2011). Simulator evaluation of drivers' speed, deceleration and lateral position at rural intersections in relation to different perceptual cues, in Accident Analysis & Prevention, Springer Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.05.030.

[-] Montella A., Aria M., D’Ambrosio A., Galante F., Mauriello F., Pernetti, M. (2010). Perceptual Measures to Influence Operating Speeds and Reduce Crashes at Rural Intersections, Transportation Research Record – Journal of Transportation Research Board, vol. 2149, pp. 11-20, ISBN 9780309142809, DOI: 10.3141/2149-02.

[-] Galante F., Mauriello, F., Montella A., Pernetti M., Aria, M., D’Ambrosio A. (2010). Traffic Calming Along Rural Highways Crossing Small Urban Communities: a Driving Simulator Experiment in Accident Analysis & Prevention, Springer Elsevier, doi:10.1016/j.aap.2010.03.017.

[-] Aria, M. (2009). Parallel Networks for Compositional Longitudinal Data, in Italian Journal of Applied Statistics, Volume 20, N.1, RCE multimedia, ISSN 1125-1964, pag. 5-20. 

[-] Aria, M., Gallo, S., Murolo, F., Siciliano, R. (2008). Le leve discriminanti della soddisfazione: il caso SEPSA, in Rivista di Economia e Statistica del Territorio, Fondazione Istituto Tagliacarne, Roma, ISSN 1971-0380, N.1 gennaio-aprile 2008.



Dept. of Economics and Statistics
University of Naples Federico II
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