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FY17 Requests for NIH, NSF, Federal Statistical Agencies Largely Positive

President Barack Obama’s requested budget for Fiscal Year 2017 maintains his record of proposing generally healthy increases for the NIH, NSF, and many federal statistical agencies, but realizing increases of any amount will be challenging.

Additional Features, Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports Highlights »

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The March 2016 issue (volume 12, issue 1) of the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports consists of four articles with applications to fantasy football, basketball, tennis, and the optimal design of tournaments.

Statisticians in History »

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Nancy R. Mann
William Edwards Deming was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on the 14th of October, 1900. Although he has been honored throughout the world as a “quality-management guru,” he insisted upon being known as a “Consultant in Statistical Studies.” His path to the eminence that he attained as a statistician was circuitous and full of serendipity.
After Ed Deming’s graduation from the University of Wyoming in 1921 as an engineer, he remained there another year to study mathematics. It was during that time that, as he once told me, he …

Statisticians in History »

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Dr. Richard L. Anderson, one of the modern pioneer statisticians of the United States and a very active supporter of the American Statistical Association, died January 19, 2003, in Lexington, Kentucky, at age 87. An autobiographical sketch of Dr. Anderson appears in The Making of Statisticians. Dr. Anderson requested that we call him Dick. This article is to pay tribute to Dick for his many contributions to the field of statistics and remember him for his relationships with his family, students, and colleagues.

Dick attended high school in North Liberty, Indiana. …

Statisticians in History »

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David Blackwell came to statistics late, but his career in mathematics got an early start. The oldest of four children, Blackwell grew up in Centralia, Illinois, and considered himself fortunate to attend an integrated school at a time when racial segregation was the norm.
Blackwell was always adept at mathematics, but he didn’t much care for algebra or trigonometry. “I could do it,” he said; while he found the math useful and interesting, geometry was what really caught his attention. His high school teacher made the subject beautiful for him. “Geometry …