A Celebration of Statistics: The ISI Centenary Volume A by Hirotugu Akaike (auth.), Anthony C. Atkinson, Stephen E.

By Hirotugu Akaike (auth.), Anthony C. Atkinson, Stephen E. Fienberg (eds.)

The foreign Statistical Institute was once based in 1885 and is for this reason one of many world's oldest overseas medical societies. the sphere of facts continues to be increasing swiftly and possesses a wealthy number of functions in lots of parts of human job comparable to technological know-how, executive, enterprise, undefined, and daily affairs. as a result, the occasion of the Institute's centenary in 1985 is of substantial curiosity not just to statisticians but additionally extra extensively to the overseas clinical neighborhood. As a part of its centennial get together making plans the Institute determined to submit a quantity of papers representing the immensely wide variety of pursuits encompassed via information in its overseas context, considered either from a historic and from a modern point of view. We have been lucky in securing the providers of Anthony Atkinson and Stephen Fienberg as Editors of this quantity: they've got labored not easy over a interval of numerous years to place jointly a so much interesting number of papers. On behalf of the Institute it truly is my friendly accountability to thank them and the authors for his or her contributions. J. DURBIN, President overseas Statistical Institute Preface The papers during this quantity have been ready to assist have fun the centenary of the foreign Statistical Institute. through the lSI's first a hundred years information has matured, either as a systematic self-discipline and as a career, in ways in which the lSI's founders couldn't in all likelihood have imagined.

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