Strength in Numbers: The Rising of Academic Statistics Departments in the U. S.

  • Alan Agresti
  • Xiao-Li Meng

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Alan Agresti, Xiao-Li Meng
    Pages 1-7
  3. Margaret L. Smykla, with the assistance of the department faculty
    Pages 9-26
  4. Tian Zheng, Zhiliang Ying
    Pages 27-38
  5. James G. Booth, Martin T. Wells
    Pages 39-50
  6. Jayaram Sethuraman, Frederick W. Leysieffer
    Pages 51-63
  7. Hosam M. Mahmoud, Joseph L. Gastwirth, John Lachin III, Reza Modarres
    Pages 65-76
  8. Nan Laird, Marvin Zelen
    Pages 77-90
  9. Kenneth Koehler
    Pages 111-127
  10. Charles Rohde, Scott L. Zeger, Karen Kruse Thomas, Karen Bandeen-Roche
    Pages 129-141
  11. John E. Boyer Jr., James W. Neill
    Pages 143-153
  12. Dennis Gilliland, James Stapleton
    Pages 155-168
  13. Daniel W. Schafer
    Pages 187-197
  14. William Harkness, Thomas Hettmansperger, Dennis Lin, James Rosenberger
    Pages 199-214
  15. David C. Hoaglin, Karen Kafadar
    Pages 215-227
  16. Sanvesh Srivastava, Rebecca W. Doerge
    Pages 229-242
  17. Richard F. Gunst, William R. Schucany, Wayne A. Woodward
    Pages 257-268

About this book


Statistical science as organized in formal academic departments is relatively new.  With a few exceptions, most Statistics and Biostatistics departments have been created within the past 60 years.  This book consists of a set of memoirs, one for each department in the U.S. created by the mid-1960s. The memoirs describe key aspects of the department’s history -- its founding, its growth, key people in its development, success stories (such as major research accomplishments) and the occasional failure story, PhD graduates who have had a significant impact, its impact on statistical education, and a summary of where the department stands today and its vision for the future.  Read here all about how departments such as at Berkeley, Chicago, Harvard, and Stanford started and how they got to where they are today. The book should also be of interest to scholars in the field of disciplinary history.


Academic statistics Biostatistics departments History of statistics Statistics as an academic discipline Statistics departments

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan Agresti
    • 1
  • Xiao-Li Meng
    • 2
  1. 1., Statistics DepartmentUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2., Statistics DepartmentHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-3648-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-3649-2
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