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August 2022 A Conversation with Stephen Portnoy
Xuming He, Xiaofeng Shao
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Statist. Sci. 37(3): 443-454 (August 2022). DOI: 10.1214/21-STS845


Steve Portnoy was born in Kankakee, Illinois in 1942. He did his undergraduate studies in mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and then earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. degree from the statistics department at Stanford University in 1966 and 1969, respectively.

Steve Portnoy has had a distinguished career and is widely recognized as a preeminent mathematical statistician. He has made pioneering and influential contributions in several areas in statistics, including asymptotic theory, robust statistics, quantile regression, and statistics in biology. He has published more than 100 research articles. He is a former co-editor of Journal of the American Statistical Association (Theory and Methods), an elected fellow of American Statistical Association (ASA), Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Steve’s professional positions have included being on the faculty of the Department of Statistics at Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for more than 30 years. He was a founding member of the Department of Statistics at the University of Illinois in 1985 and served as the division chair for the Statistics Program in the Mathematics department before the Statistics department was established.


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Xuming He. Xiaofeng Shao. "A Conversation with Stephen Portnoy." Statist. Sci. 37 (3) 443 - 454, August 2022.


Published: August 2022
First available in Project Euclid: 21 June 2022

MathSciNet: MR4444377
zbMATH: 07569971
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/21-STS845

Keywords: Asymptotic approximation , high-dimensional models , Quantile regression , robust statistics

Rights: Copyright © 2022 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

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