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A Conversation with David Findley

Tucker S. McElroy and Scott H. Holan

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David Findley was born in Washington, DC on December 27, 1940. After attending high school in Lyndon, Kentucky, he earned a B.S. (1962) and M.A. (1963) in mathematics from the University of Cincinnati. He then lived in Germany, studying functional analysis under Gottfried Köthe, obtaining a Ph.D. from the University of Frankfurt in 1967. Returning to the United States, he served as a mathematics professor at the University of Cincinnati until 1975. Having transitioned from pure mathematics to statistical time series analysis, Findley took a new academic position at the University of Tulsa, during which time he interacted frequently with the nearby research laboratories of major oil companies and consulted regularly for Cities Service Oil Company (now Citgo). In 1980 he was invited to lead the seasonal adjustment research effort at the U.S. Census Bureau, and eventually rose to be a Senior Mathematical Statistician before his retirement in 2009. In 1966 he married Mary Virginia Baker, and they currently live in Washington, DC.

David Findley has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters, as well as dozens of technical reports and conference proceedings, many of which are heavily cited and influential. He has also published two edited volumes (1978 and 1981) that have had a substantial impact on the field of time series analysis. Numerous honors and awards have accrued to him, including ASA Fellow (1987), the Julius Shiskin award (1996) and the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal (1997).

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Statist. Sci. Volume 27, Number 4 (2012), 594-606.

First available in Project Euclid: 21 December 2012

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Census Bureau diagnostics model selection seasonal adjustment signal extraction time series


McElroy, Tucker S.; Holan, Scott H. A Conversation with David Findley. Statist. Sci. 27 (2012), no. 4, 594--606. doi:10.1214/12-STS388.

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