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May 1999 The life and work of Gustav Elfving
Kenneth Nordström
Statist. Sci. 14(2): 174-196 (May 1999). DOI: 10.1214/ss/1009212244


This article outlines the scientific work and life of the Finnish statistician, probabilist, and mathematician Gustav Elfving (1908–1984). Elfving’s academic career, scientific contacts, and personal life are sketched, and his main research contributions to the fields of statistics, probability, and mathematics are reviewed. (Elfving’s pioneering work in optimal design of experiments is not covered, as this topic will be treated elsewhere in this issue.) A chronological bibliography of Gustav Elfving is also given.


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Kenneth Nordström. "The life and work of Gustav Elfving." Statist. Sci. 14 (2) 174 - 196, May 1999.


Published: May 1999
First available in Project Euclid: 24 December 2001

zbMATH: 1059.01541
MathSciNet: MR1722074
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/ss/1009212244

Keywords: Bayesian statistics , complex analysis , decision theory , expansion of distributions , Markov chains , multivariate distribution theory , nonparametric statistics , optimal design of experiments , Optimal stopping , order statistics , quality control , sufficiency and completeness

Rights: Copyright © 1999 Institute of Mathematical Statistics


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