Leo Breiman

Michael I. Jordan
2010 Annals of Applied Statistics  
Statistics is a uniquely difficult field to convey to the uninitiated. It sits astride the abstract and the concrete, the theoretical and the applied. It has a mathematical flavor and yet it is not simply a branch of mathematics. Its core problems blend into those of the disciplines that probe into the nature of intelligence and thought, in particular philosophy, psychology and artificial intelligence. Debates over foundational issues have waxed and waned, but the field has not yet arrived at a single foundational perspective.
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