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The Pleasures of Statistics

The Autobiography of Frederick Mosteller

  • Frederick Mosteller
  • Stephen E. Fienberg
  • David C. Hoaglin
  • Judith M. Tanur

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Examples of Quantitative Studies

  3. Early Life and Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 112-112
    2. Frederick Mosteller
      Pages 113-121
    3. Frederick Mosteller
      Pages 123-132
    4. Frederick Mosteller
      Pages 133-144
    5. Frederick Mosteller
      Pages 145-156
    6. Frederick Mosteller
      Pages 157-162
    7. Frederick Mosteller
      Pages 163-182
    8. Frederick Mosteller
      Pages 183-189
    9. Frederick Mosteller
      Pages 191-202
    10. Frederick Mosteller
      Pages 203-214
  4. Continuing Activities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 216-216
    2. Frederick Mosteller
      Pages 217-241
    3. Frederick Mosteller
      Pages 243-269
    4. Frederick Mosteller
      Pages 271-282
    5. Frederick Mosteller
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    6. Frederick Mosteller
      Pages 289-291
    7. Frederick Mosteller
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    8. Frederick Mosteller
      Pages 297-304
    9. Frederick Mosteller
      Pages 305-321
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 323-344

About this book

Introduction

From his unique perspective, renowned statistician and educator Frederick Mosteller describes many of the projects and events in his long career. From humble beginnings in western Pennsylvania to becoming the founding chairman of Harvard University’s Department of Statistics and beyond, he inspired many statisticians, scientists, and students with his unabashed pragmatism, creative thinking, and zest for both learning and teaching. This candid account offers fresh insights into the qualities that made Mosteller a superb teacher, a prolific scholar, a respected leader, and a valued advisor.

A special feature of the book is its chapter-length insider accounts of work on the pre-election polls of 1948, statistical aspects of the Kinsey report on sexual behavior in the human male, mathematical learning theory, authorship of the disputed Federalist papers, safety of anesthetics, and a wide-ranging examination of the Coleman report on equality of educational opportunity.

This volume is a companion to Selected Papers of Frederick Mosteller (Springer, 2006) and A Statistical Model: Frederick Mosteller’s Contributions to Statistics, Science, and Public Policy (Springer-Verlag, 1990).

Frederick Mosteller (1916–2006) was Roger I. Lee Professor of Mathematical Statistics at Harvard University. His manuscript was unfinished at his death and has been updated.

Keywords

Continental Classroom Evaluation National Halothane Study Statistical Applications Statistics and Public Health The Federalist Papers mathematical statistics

Authors and affiliations

  • Frederick Mosteller
    • 1
  1. 1.BelmontUSA

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen E. Fienberg
    • 1
  • David C. Hoaglin
    • 2
  • Judith M. Tanur
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. StatisticsCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.LexingtonUSA
  3. 3.Stony BrookState University of New York,Stony BrookUSA

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