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Jerome H. Friedman elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Stanford Report, May 4, 2005, BY KENDALL MADDEN

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the country's oldest honorary learned societies, announced on April 27 the election of the 2005 class of Fellows. This year's Fellows include five Stanford scholars—John Felstiner, Jerome H. Friedman, David M. Kingsley, Robert C. Malenka and D. John Roberts.

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Jerome H. Friedman, professor of statistics at Stanford since 1982 and a staff member at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center since 1972, is one of the world's leading researchers in statistics and data mining. He has created many new statistical methods used widely today in exploratory data analysis - searching for patterns in unstructured data—and in "machine learning" - teaching computers to make decisions in problems where humans excel. His work has been applied in fields as diverse as computer vision, medical diagnosis and financial portfolio management. Friedman is co-inventor, with Stanford's Richard Olshen and the University of California-Berkeley's Charles Stone and Leo Breiman, of CART, a popular way of generating the diagnostic trees used in medicine and many other disciplines.

Friedman received his bachelor's degree in physics in 1962 and his doctorate in high-energy particle physics in 1967 from UC-Berkeley. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) with nearly 90 publications to his credit—several were deemed "paper of the year." His publications address a wide range of topics including nearest-neighbor classification, logistical regressions and high-dimensional data analysis. The ASA's Chicago chapter selected him as "statistician of the year" in 1999. He won the Association for Computing Machinery's Data Mining Lifetime Innovation Award in 2002 and the Emanuel and Carol Parzen Award for Statistical Innovation in 2004.


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