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An Accidental Statistician. The Life and Memories of George E. P. Box

  • ID: 2330670
  • May 2013
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for George E. P. Box and An Accidental Statistician

"I found most interesting the parts describing how he developed as a statistician, the intellectual influences on him, and the genesis of the ideas for which he is so well known. . . . There is no doubt that this [memoir] will be a useful autobiographical document from one of our greatest statisticians."
Iain Johnstone, Professor of Statistics, Stanford University

"Not only is [An Accidental Statistician] interesting from a statistical and history of statistics perspective, it is also a marvelous example of grammatically sound writing of beautiful style and quality."
Geert Molenberghs, Professor of Biostatistics, Limburgs Universitair Centru, Belgium

"As a master craftsman, [George Box has] taught so many apprentices over the years. It is wonderful to see the spreading effects of [his] teachings throughout the world today."
Norman R. Draper, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Madison

From early childhood to a celebrated career in academia and industry, acclaimed statistician George E. P. Box offers personal insights and a firsthand account of his professional accomplishments in this charming and intimate memoir of a great intellectual's life.

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Foreword xi

Second Foreword xv

Preface xix

Acknowledgments xxi

From ThePublisher xxiii

1 Early Years 1

Who in the world am I? Ah, that s the great puzzle.

2 Army Life 19

Contrarywise, if it was so, it might be: and if it were so, it would be: but as it isn t, it ain t. That s logic.

3 ICI and the Statistical Methods Panel 44

Can you answer useful questions?

4 George Barnard 53

When I use a word . . . it means just what I choose it to mean neither more nor less.

5 An Invitation to the United States 63

The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things. Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings.

6 Princeton 78

Ah! Then yours wasn t a really good school.

7 A New Life in Madison 94

Digging for apples, your honor!

8 Time Series 124

What do you know about this business?

9 George Tiao and the Bayes Book 139

It gets easier further on.

10 GrowingUp (Helen and Harry) 144

There are 364 days when you might get unbirthday presents, and only 1 for birthday presents, you know.

11 Fisher Father and Son 151

I only hope the boat won t tipple over!

12 Bill Hunter and Some Ideas on Experimental Design 157

There goes Bill!

13 The Quality Movement 181

The race is over!. . . Everybody has won and all must have prizes.

14 Adventures with Claire 197

What else had you to learn? Well, there was Mystery.

15 The Many Sides of Mac 209

There s nothing like eating hay when you re feeling faint.

16 Life in England 218

What matters is how far we go? There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.

17 Journeys to Scandinavia 224

What sort of people live here?

18 A Second Home in Spain 228

I know something interesting is sure to happen.

19 The Royal Society of London 245

20 Conclusion 247

21 Memories 248

Index 265

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Mentioned in The Economist – 20 December 2014

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