October 19, 2007

Stanford’s Efron to talk stats at Discovery Lecture

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Stanford’s Efron to talk stats at Discovery Lecture

Just in time for the World Series, next week's installment of the Discovery Lecture Series will feature a presentation on “Baseball, Shakespeare, and Modern Statistical Theory.”

Bradley Efron, Ph.D., the Max H. Stein Professor of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, will speak on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall. A reception in the Light Hall lobby will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Efron, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, is best known for proposing the bootstrap resampling technique, one of the first computer-intensive statistical techniques.

For his work in the field of statistics and for inventing “bootstrapping,” which has impacted nearly every area of statistical application, Efron was awarded the 2005 National Medal of Science, the highest U.S. scientific honor.

He was a 1983 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called “genius grants.”

For a complete schedule of the Discovery Lecture Series and archived video of previous lectures, go to www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/discoveryseries.