Tuesday, February 11, 2014

An Interview With Bradley Efron

You've all heard about the bootstrap, and you all know that it was Bradley Efron (Statistics, Stanford) who came up with the idea. (If I'm wrong, you can check this earlier post.)

On Twitter yesterday, Joe Blitzstein (Statistics, Harvard; @stat110) drew attention to this great Youtube video interview in which Brad discusses what led him to develop the bootstrap.

I like his opening words when asked how it all came about:
"It's a story about having good colleagues..."
Well, it probably is, but I'd call that a pretty modest response!

Enjoy the video.

© 2014, David E. Giles