After the war he retrained himself in statistics and entered the field of OR, first working at the Pentagon, in the navy's Operational Evaluations Group, then back at Princeton, working with John Tukey
and others, and eventually at Westinghouse.
To try to convey how statisticians crop up everywhere, a famous statistician, John Tukey
, once stated: "The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone's backyard."
We got funding from NASA to put on a conference and invited John Tukey
, one of the most eminent statisticians of the 20th century.
In his autobiography (see http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economics/laureates/2003/ granger-autobio.html), Clive tells the story about how while at Princeton on a Harkness fellowship he and Michio Hatanaka were introduced to spectral analysis by John Tukey
who taught them how to use this new tool of time series analysis.
Over 30 years ago, a talented statistician named John Tukey
published a book on exploratory data analysis that was extremely valuable in opening eyes as to simple ways of examining (the then) small data sets to highlight patterns, trends and perhaps discover previously unsuspected occurrences; (1) in effect "let the data speak for itself." In an even wiser vein, he later warned researchers and analysts that, "The combination of some data and an aching desire for an answer does not ensure that a reasonable answer can be extracted from a given body of data." (2) Unfortunately, our tools now allow us to extract many answers from huge data sets, and the validity of those answers is not assured by the sophistication of the tools.
, Ph.D., the prominent statistician, said, "When the right thing can only be measured poorly, it tends to cause the wrong thing to be measured well.
In this book the internationally recognized authors Kaye Basford and John Tukey
give some of their views on statistical approaches that can be usefully employed to get the most out of the data from a plant breeding trial.
Statistician John Tukey
calls this the "interocular" impact (or, does it "hit you between the eyes"?)