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

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

by George E. P. Box


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ISBN-13: 9781118400883
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/22/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

GEORGE E. P. BOX, PHD, is Ronald Aylmer Fisher Professor Emeritus of Statistics and Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His lifelong work has defined statistical analysis, while his name and research is a part of some of the most influential statistical constructs, including Box–Jenkins models, Box–Cox transformations, and Box–Behnken designs. Dr. Box is the coauthor of a number of Wiley books, including most recently, Statistical Control by Monitoring and Adjustment, Second Edition; Response Surfaces, Mixtures, and Ridge Analyses, Second Edition; and Improving Almost Anything: Ideas and Essays, Revised Edition.

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Table of Contents

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 greatpuzzle.’’

2 Army Life 19

‘‘Contrarywise, if it was so, it might be: and if itwere 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 Ichoose 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, ofcabbages and kings.’’

6 Princeton 78

‘‘Ah! Then yours wasn’t a really goodschool.’’

7 A New Life in Madison 94

‘‘Digging for apples, your honor!’’

8 Time Series 124

‘‘What do you know about thisbusiness?’’

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 unbirthdaypresents, and only 1 for birthday presents, youknow.’’

11 Fisher—Father and Son 151

‘‘I only hope the boat won’t tippleover!’’

12 Bill Hunter and Some Ideas on Experimental Design157

‘‘There goes Bill!’’

13 The Quality Movement 181

‘‘The race is over!. . . ‘Everybody has wonand 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 whenyou’re feeling faint.’’

16 Life in England 218

‘‘What matters is how far we go? There is anothershore, 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 tohappen.’’

19 The Royal Society of London 245

20 Conclusion 247

21 Memories 248

Index 265

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