Book description
Past, Present, and Future of Statistical Science was commissioned in 2013 by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) to celebrate its 50th anniversary and the International Year of Statistics. COPSS consists of five charter member statistical societies in North America and is best known for sponsoring prestigious awards in stat
Table of contents
 Cover
 Half Title
 Title Page
 Copyright Page
 Contents (1/3)
 Contents (2/3)
 Contents (3/3)
 Preface
 Contributors
 I. The history of COPSS

II. Reminiscences and personal reflections on career paths
 2. Reminiscences of the Columbia University Department of Mathematical Statistics in the late 1940s
 3. A career in statistics
 4. “. . . how wonderful the field of statistics is. . . ”
 5. An unorthodox journey to statistics: Equity issues, remarks on multiplicity
 6. Statistics before and after my COPSS Prize

7. The accidental biostatistics professor
 7.1. Public school and passion for mathematics
 7.2. College years and discovery of statistics
 7.3. Thwarted employment search after college
 7.4. Graduate school as a fallback option
 7.5. Master’s degree in statistics at Purdue
 7.6. Thwarted employment search after Master’s degree
 7.7. Graduate school again as a fallback option
 7.8. Dissertation research and family issues
 7.9. Job offers — finally!
 7.10. Four years at UNCChapel Hill
 7.11. Thirtythree years at Emory University
 7.12. Summing up and acknowledgements
 8. Developing a passion for statistics
 9. Reflections on a statistical career and their implications
 10. Science mixes it up with statistics
 11. Lessons from a twisted career path
 12. Promoting equity

III. Perspectives on the field and profession
 13. Statistics in service to the nation
 14. Where are the majors?
 15. We live in exciting times
 16. The bright future of applied statistics
 17. The road travelled: From statistician to statistical scientist
 18. A journey into statistical genetics and genomics
 19. Reflections on women in statistics in Canada
 20. “The whole women thing”
 21. Reflections on diversity

IV. Reflections on the discipline
 22. Why does statistics have two theories?
 23. Conditioning is the issue
 24. Statistical inference from a Dempster–Shafer perspective
 25. Nonparametric Bayes
 26. How do we choose our default methods?
 27. Serial correlation and Durbin–Watson bounds
 28. A nonasymptotic walk in probability and statistics
 29. The past’s future is now: What will the present’s future bring?
 30. Lessons in biostatistics
 31. A vignette of discovery
 32. Statistics and public health research
 33. Statistics in a new era for finance and health care
 34. Metaanalyses: Heterogeneity can be a good thing
 35. Good health: Statistical challenges in personalizing disease prevention
 36. Buried treasures
 37. Survey sampling: Past controversies, current orthodoxy, and future paradigms
 38. Environmental informatics: Uncertainty quantification in the environmental sciences
 39. A journey with statistical genetics
 40. Targeted learning: From MLE to TMLE
 41. Statistical model building, machine learning, and the ahha moment
 42. In praise of sparsity and convexity
 43. Features of Big Data and sparsest solution in high confidence set
 44. Rise of the machines

45. A trio of inference problems that could win you a Nobel Prize in statistics (if you help fund it)
 45.1. Nobel Prize? Why not COPSS?
 45.2. Multiresolution inference (1/2)
 45.2. Multiresolution inference (2/2)
 45.3. Multiphase inference (1/2)
 45.3. Multiphase inference (2/2)
 45.4. Multisource inference (1/2)
 45.4. Multisource inference (2/2)
 45.5. The ultimate prize or price (1/2)
 45.5. The ultimate prize or price (2/2)

V. Advice for the next generation
 46. Inspiration, aspiration, ambition
 47. Personal reflections on the COPSS Presidents’ Award
 48. Publishing without perishing and other career advice
 49. Converting rejections into positive stimuli
 50. The importance of mentors
 51. Never ask for or give advice, make mistakes, accept mediocrity, enthuse
 52. Thirteen rules
Product information
 Title: Past, Present, and Future of Statistical Science
 Author(s):
 Release date: March 2014
 Publisher(s): Chapman and Hall/CRC
 ISBN: 9781482204988
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