W. Keith Hastings

(b. 1930)

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(1930–  ; b. Toronto, Canada)

Canadian statistician. Hastings graduated from U Toronto (BA, 1953; MA, 1958; PhD, 1962) where he was supervised by Geoffrey Watson. After two years at U Canterbury in New Zealand, and two at Bell Labs, he returned to U Toronto in 1966. It was at U Toronto that he wrote the paper (in Biometrika) that placed the Metropolis algorithm in a statistical context (see Markov chain Monte Carlo methods). In 1971 he moved to U Victoria in British Columbia.

Subjects: Probability and Statistics.

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