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February 2017 A Conversation with Robert Groves
Hermann Habermann, Courtney Kennedy, Partha Lahiri
Statist. Sci. 32(1): 128-137 (February 2017). DOI: 10.1214/16-STS594


Professor Robert M. Groves is among the world leaders in survey methodology and survey statistics over the last four decades. Groves’ research—particularly on survey nonresponse, survey errors and costs, and responsive design—helped to provide intellectual footing for a new academic discipline. In addition, Groves has had remarkable success building academic programs that integrate the social sciences with statistics and computer science. He was instrumental in the development of degree programs in survey methodology at the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland. Recently, as Provost of Georgetown University, he has championed the use of big data sets to increase understanding of society and human behavior. Between his academic tenures, Groves served as Director of the US Census Bureau. Professor Groves is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, elected member of the International Statistical Institute, elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences, elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academies and presidential appointed member of the National Science Board. The interview was conducted in early 2016 at Georgetown University.


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Hermann Habermann. Courtney Kennedy. Partha Lahiri. "A Conversation with Robert Groves." Statist. Sci. 32 (1) 128 - 137, February 2017.


Published: February 2017
First available in Project Euclid: 6 April 2017

zbMATH: 06946267
MathSciNet: MR3634310
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/16-STS594

Keywords: Data science , federal statistical system , leverage-salience theory , nonresponse , responsive design , sample surveys

Rights: Copyright © 2017 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

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