Sunday, August 14, 2011

RIP, Paul Meier

This obituary in the New York Times, of the great American statistician Paul Meier, is well worth reading.  One little point: the Kaplan-Meier estimator is actually not terribly complicated to compute.  This is part of what makes the formula such a great accomplishment.  Still, overall, this obituary is a great tribute to one of the more important statisticians of the last century, and a reminder that my discipline can have a truly positive impact on the world.

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