Statistical Science

A Conversation with Robert E. Kass

Sam Behseta

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Rob Kass has been been on the faculty of the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon since 1981; he joined the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) in 1997, and the Machine Learning Department (in the School of Computer Science) in 2007. He served as Department Head of Statistics from 1995 to 2004 and served as Interim Co-Director of the CNBC 2015–2018. He became the Maurice Falk Professor of Statistics and Computational Neuroscience in 2016.

Kass has served as Chair of the Section for Bayesian Statistical Science of the American Statistical Association, Chair of the Statistics Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Bayesian Analysis and Executive Editor of Statistical Science. He is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the 10 most highly cited researchers, 1995–2005, in the category of mathematics. Kass is the recipient of the 2017 Fisher Award and lectureship by the Committee of the Presidents of the Statistical Societies. This interview took place at Carnegie Mellon University in November 2017.

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Statist. Sci., Volume 34, Number 2 (2019), 334-348.

First available in Project Euclid: 19 July 2019

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Behseta, Sam. A Conversation with Robert E. Kass. Statist. Sci. 34 (2019), no. 2, 334--348. doi:10.1214/18-STS691.

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