Abraham Wald


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(1902–50; b. Cluj, Romania; d. Travancore, India)

Hungarian geometer and statistician. Wald gained his PhD in geometry in 1931 from U Vienna. In 1938, on the Nazi seizure of Austria, he moved to Columbia U in the United States and turned his attention to statistical decision theory and made important advances in the theory of sequential sampling. He was President of the IMS in 1948 and its Rietz Lecturer in 1947. He died in a plane crash in India.

Subjects: Probability and Statistics — Economics.

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