R.I.P. George E.P. Box


Last Thurs­day (28 March 2013), George Box passed away at the age of 93. He was one of the great sta­tis­ti­cians of the last 100 years, and leaves an aston­ish­ingly diverse legacy.

When I teach fore­cast­ing to my sec­ond year com­merce stu­dents, we cover Box-​​Cox trans­for­ma­tions, Box-​​Pierce and Ljung-​​Box tests, and Box-​​Jenkins mod­el­ling, and my stu­dents won­der if it is the same Box in all cases. It is. And we don’t even go near his work on response sur­face mod­el­ling, design of exper­i­ments, qual­ity con­trol or ran­dom num­ber gen­er­a­tion. Occa­sion­ally, a stu­dent won­ders if box­plots are also due to GEP Box, but they were the brain­child of his good friend John W Tukey.

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