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Stephen M. Stigler
Stephen M. Stigler
Ernest DeWitt Burton Distinguished Service Professor
Department of Statistics and the College
Member: Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science


Web: http://www.stat.uchicago.edu/~stigler/
E-mail: stigler@galton.uchicago.edu
Phone: 773.702.8328
Fax: 773-702-9810

University of Chicago
Department of Statistics
5734 S. University Avenue
Eckhart 102
Chicago, IL 60637

Research Interests

Investigation of the history of the development of statistical methods, with attention to the different ways in which problems in astronomy, geodesy, social sciences, and psychology accelerated or inhibited this development. The study of the reception of quantification in the sciences, from seventeenth-century medicine to twentieth-century scial science, and of the way twentieth-century conceptual developments evolved from earlier work and advances in technology. The investigation of how understanding of regression and aggregation paradoxes have influenced policy debates, and how subtle mathematical developments in the twentieth century have become confounded with personal disputes and the formation of scientific schools. The history of lotteries in the 18th and 19th centuries and their role in forming (and reflection of) public attitudes towards risk. Twentieth century mathematical statistics, particularly the work and relationship between Karl Pearson and Ronald Fisher.

The application of statistical theory in such areas as the written transmission of historical information, the evaluation of trends, periodicities, and anomalies in the fossil record, clustering in cultural anthropology, the optimal arrangement of published information, and the measurement of influence in scientific research. The statistics of sports, particularly in baseball and tournament golf.

 

Last update: 7/10