David Siegmund

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David Siegmund

David Oliver Siegmund (born November 15, 1941, St. Louis, Missouri)[1] is an American statistician who has worked extensively on sequential analysis.[2]


Siegmund grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri. He received his baccalaureate degree, in mathematics, from Southern Methodist University in 1963, and a doctorate in statistics from Columbia University in 1966. His Ph.D. advisor was Herbert Robbins. After being an assistant and then a full professor at Columbia, he went to Stanford University in 1976, where he is currently a professor of statistics. He has served twice as the chair of Stanford's statistics department.[2][3] He has also held visiting positions at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Zurich, the University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge.[2]

David is married to Sandra Siegmund and has three children: Sherilyn Leigh Siegmund-Roach, Kimberly Ryan, and Christopher Siegmund.


Siegmund has written with Herbert Robbins and Yuan-Shih Chow on the theory of optimal stopping. Much of his work has been on sequential analysis, and he has also worked on the statistics of gene mapping.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Selected publications[edit]

  • (with Y. S. Chow and H. Robbins) Great Expectations: The Theory of Optimal Stopping, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971.
  • (with Rupert Miller) Maximally Selected Chi Square Statistics, Biometrics, 38, #4 (December 1982), pp. 1011–1016.
  • Sequential Analysis: Tests and Confidence Intervals, New York: Springer, 1985, ISBN 0-387-96134-8.
  • (with John D. Storey and Jonathan E. Taylor) Strong control, conservative point estimation and simultaneous conservative consistency of false discovery rates: a unified approach, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B 66, #1 (February 2004), pp. 187–205, doi:10.1111/j.1467-9868.2004.00439.x.


  1. ^ p. 114, Reports of the president and of the treasurer, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1974.
  2. ^ a b c d e Biography of David O. Siegmund, David Appell, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101, #21 (May 25, 2004), pp. 7843–7844, doi:10.1073/pnas.0402953101.
  3. ^ David O. Siegmund, home page at Stanford University. Accessed on line September 17, 2010.

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