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Many people associate statistics with percentages and polls. But this branch of mathematics is really about how to gather, analyze and interpret data—and for statistician Stephen Fienberg, it’s been a doorway into many different worlds. For over four decades, Fienberg has lived and breathed the science, using it to explore everything from lizard populations in the Bahamas to how to build a better census. In the process, his work has helped create better methods for conducting surveys and understanding the data they provide. Stephen Fienberg is the Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1999.
Last Updated: 04-04-2013
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