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International Pioneer in Field of Statistics to Speak at FSU
04/23/2005

Professor C.R. Rao, one of this century’s foremost statisticians, will present a lecture by entitled “Statistics: The Gateway to Knowledge” at Frostburg State University on Wednesday, May 11, at 4 p.m. in FSU’s Compton Science Center Room 226.

His talk will provide a brief history of statistics, followed by examples of uses of statistics in diverse fields of human endeavor. Rao has been one of the world leaders in statistical science for over six decades.

His research, scholarship and professional services have had a profound influence on theory and applications of statistics. He is currently at Penn State as the Eberly Professor of Statistics and Director of the Center for Multivariate Analysis.

Rao has received numerous of awards and in 2002 was honored by President George Bush at the White House with a National Medal of Science “as a prophet of new age,” with the citation “for his pioneering contributions to the foundations of statistical theory and multivariate statistical methodology and their applications, enriching the physical, biological, mathematical, economic and engineering sciences.”

Rao’s theoretical work helped lay the foundation of modern statistics. He has also concentrated his efforts on employing statistical methods to solve practical problems in such diverse fields as economics, anthropology, geology, medical diagnosis and national planning. A book he wrote in 1965, “Linear Statistical Inference and Its Applications,” one of the most-often cited books in science, has greatly influenced research work in theory and application of statistics. Technical terms such as Cramer-Rao inequality, Rao-Blackwellization, Rao’s Score Test, Fisher-Rao Theorem, Rao distance and orthogonal arrays (described by Forbes Magazine) appear in all standard books on statistics.

For more information, call the Dr. Laxman Hegde in the FSU Department of Mathematics at 301-687-4777.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

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