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May 2021 A Conversation with Dennis Cook
Efstathia Bura, Bing Li, Lexin Li, Christopher Nachtsheim, Daniel Pena, Claude Setodji, Robert E. Weiss
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Statist. Sci. 36(2): 328-337 (May 2021). DOI: 10.1214/20-STS801


Dennis Cook is a Full Professor, School of Statistics, at the University of Minnesota. He received his BS degree in Mathematics from Northern Montana College, and MS and PhD degrees in Statistics from Kansas State University. He has served as Chair of the Department of Applied Statistics, Director of the Statistical Center and Director of the School of Statistics, all at the University of Minnesota.

His research areas include dimension reduction, linear and nonlinear regression, experimental design, statistical diagnostics, statistical graphics and population genetics. He has authored over 200 research articles and is author or co-author of two textbooks— An Introduction to Regression Graphics and Applied Regression Including Computing and Graphics—and three research monographs, Influence and Residuals in Regression, Regression Graphics: Ideas for Studying Regressions through Graphics and An Introduction to Envelopes: Dimension Reduction for Efficient Estimation in Multivariate Statistics.

He has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association, The Journal of Quality Technology, Biometrika, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society and Statistica Sinica. He is a four-time recipient of the Jack Youden Prize for Best Expository Paper in Technometrics as well as the Frank Wilcoxon Award for Best Technical Paper. He received the 2005 COPSS Fisher Lecture and Award, and he is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. The following conversation took place on March 22, 2019, following the banquet at the conference, “Cook’s Distance and Beyond: A Conference Celebrating the Contributions of R. Dennis Cook.” The interviewers were, Efstathia Bura (Effie), Bing Li, Lexin Li, Christopher Nachtsheim (Chris), Daniel Pena, Claude Messan Setodji and Robert Weiss (Rob).


We gratefully acknowledge the help of Amanda Schwartz, for overseeing the organization and logistics of both the conference and the interview, and Bianca Bonazzola for her careful transcription of the interview.


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Efstathia Bura. Bing Li. Lexin Li. Christopher Nachtsheim. Daniel Pena. Claude Setodji. Robert E. Weiss. "A Conversation with Dennis Cook." Statist. Sci. 36 (2) 328 - 337, May 2021.


Published: May 2021
First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2021

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/20-STS801

Keywords: Bayesian methods , central subspace , Cook’s distance , envelope methods , influence , neural networks , optimal experimental design , regression diagnostics , sufficient dimension reduction

Rights: Copyright © 2021 Institute of Mathematical Statistics


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