Reminiscences of a Statistician: The Company I Kept

Reminiscences of a Statistician The Company I Kept It has been my good fortune to meet and get to know many remarkable people mostly statisticians and mathematicians and to derive much pleasure and benefit from these contacts They were teachers col

  • Title: Reminiscences of a Statistician: The Company I Kept
  • Author: Erich L. Lehmann
  • ISBN: 9780387715964
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
  • It has been my good fortune to meet and get to know many remarkable people, mostly statisticians and mathematicians, and to derive much pleasure and benefit from these contacts They were teachers, colleagues and students, and the following pages sketch their careers and our interactions Also included are a few persons with whom I had little or no direct contact but whoseIt has been my good fortune to meet and get to know many remarkable people, mostly statisticians and mathematicians, and to derive much pleasure and benefit from these contacts They were teachers, colleagues and students, and the following pages sketch their careers and our interactions Also included are a few persons with whom I had little or no direct contact but whose ideas had a decisive influence on my work To provide some coherence, the account is largely chronological and follows the steps of my own career Taken together, these sketches provide a very personal picture of the dev opment of statistical theory from the 1930s to the 1970s It is the period between two revolutions that of Fisher, Neyman, and Pearson, which laid the foundations for the classical statistical theory of that period and the second revolution, forty years later, brought about by the advent of the computer, which turned statistics in new directions The present account of this history is a highly selective one, which emphasizes the persons, institutions, and statistical topics that were close to my interests One narrowing effect of this perspective stems from the fact that my career took place in the United States As a consequence, the book focuses on American statisticians and institutions Only the last two ch ters discuss, briefly and very incompletely, developments in some other countries.

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    1. Autobiographical story connected to the mathematicians and statisticians Lehman met. It includes short biographies of those others. Extended bibliography of both subject and historical works, but no full list of his own publications. Separate indexes of persons and subjects. Limited descriptions of statistical work, especially in the later chapters. A nice book, but due to the subject matter mostly suited for statisticians and mathematicians with interest in the history of their subjects and for [...]

    2. I liked it better than Stigler's History of Statistics, but maybe that's just due to my preference for contemporary history combined with the fact that I know of most of the people talked about in this book. Lehmann makes academia seem like an exciting and fun career, and the conversational tone makes it quite easy to read.

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