I thought I was going to be a mathematician. I went to CalTech, and I think I would have stayed a mathematician if mathematics was like it was a hundred years ago where you computed things, but I have no talent at all for modern abstract mathematics. And so I wanted to go into something that was more computational. After CalTech I came to Stanford. And statistics was definitely better.Incidentally, Efron's book is a very nice introduction to the bootstrap method, striking that delicate balance between 'So how do I use this stuff' and 'So why does this really work'
Thursday, October 28, 2004
This amusing excerpt is from an interview of Bradley Efron, inventor of the bootstrap method in statistics:
Posted by Suresh Venkatasubramanian at 10/28/2004 01:27:00 PM