Statistical Science

Remembering Wassily Hoeffding

Nicholas I. Fisher and Willem R. van Zwet

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Wasssily Hoeffding’s terminal illness and untimely death in 1991 put an end to efforts that were made to interview him for Statistical Science. An account of his scientific work is given in Fisher and Sen [The Collected Works of Wassily Hoeffding (1994) Springer], but the present authors felt that the statistical community should also be told about the life of this remarkable man. He contributed much to statistical science, but will also live on in the memory of those who knew him as a kind and modest teacher and friend, whose courage and learning were matched by a wonderful sense of humor.

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Statist. Sci., Volume 23, Number 4 (2008), 536-547.

First available in Project Euclid: 11 May 2009

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Asymptotic optimality copula Hoeffding’s decomposition Hoeffding Race likelihood ratio test for multinomial local alternatives locally most powerful rank tests m-dependence permutation tests probability inequalities random permutations rank correlation statistical correlation U-statistics


Fisher, Nicholas I.; van Zwet, Willem R. Remembering Wassily Hoeffding. Statist. Sci. 23 (2008), no. 4, 536--547. doi:10.1214/08-STS271.

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