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May 2019 The Importance of Being Clustered: Uncluttering the Trends of Statistics from 1970 to 2015
Laura Anderlucci, Angela Montanari, Cinzia Viroli
Statist. Sci. 34(2): 280-300 (May 2019). DOI: 10.1214/18-STS686


In this paper, we retrace the recent history of statistics by analyzing all the papers published in five prestigious statistical journals since 1970, namely: The Annals of Statistics, Biometrika, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B and Statistical Science. The aim is to construct a kind of “taxonomy” of the statistical papers by organizing and clustering them in main themes. In this sense being identified in a cluster means being important enough to be uncluttered in the vast and interconnected world of the statistical research. Since the main statistical research topics naturally born, evolve or die during time, we will also develop a dynamic clustering strategy, where a group in a time period is allowed to migrate or to merge into different groups in the following one. Results show that statistics is a very dynamic and evolving science, stimulated by the rise of new research questions and types of data.


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Laura Anderlucci. Angela Montanari. Cinzia Viroli. "The Importance of Being Clustered: Uncluttering the Trends of Statistics from 1970 to 2015." Statist. Sci. 34 (2) 280 - 300, May 2019.


Published: May 2019
First available in Project Euclid: 19 July 2019

zbMATH: 07110697
MathSciNet: MR3983329
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/18-STS686

Keywords: cosine distance , Model-based clustering , textual data analysis

Rights: Copyright © 2019 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Vol.34 • No. 2 • May 2019
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