The Life and Work of Gustav Elfving

Kenneth Nordström

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-193
Number of pages20
JournalStatistical Science
Volume14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1999
Externally publishedYes

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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

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  • Mathematics(all)
  • Statistics and Probability

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Nordström, K. (1999). The Life and Work of Gustav Elfving. Statistical Science, 14(2), 174-193.

The Life and Work of Gustav Elfving. / Nordström, Kenneth.

In: Statistical Science, Vol. 14, No. 2, 05.1999, p. 174-193.

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Nordström, K 1999, 'The Life and Work of Gustav Elfving', Statistical Science, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 174-193.
Nordström K. The Life and Work of Gustav Elfving. Statistical Science. 1999 May;14(2):174-193.
Nordström, Kenneth. / The Life and Work of Gustav Elfving. In: Statistical Science. 1999 ; Vol. 14, No. 2. pp. 174-193.
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