István Vincze (mathematician)

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István Vincze
Born (1912-02-26)February 26, 1912
Died 1999 (aged 86–87)
Nationality Hungary
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Eötvös Loránd University
Alma mater Eötvös Loránd University
Known for Number theory
Non-parametric statistics
Empirical distribution
Cramér–Rao inequality
Information theory
Notable awards Hungarian State Prize (1966)
Grauss Ehrenplakette (1978)

István Vincze ( (1912-02-26)February 26, 1912 — 1999 ) was a Hungarian mathematician, known for his contributions to number theory, non-parametric statistics, empirical distribution, Cramér–Rao inequality, and information theory. Considered by many, as an expert in theoretical and applied statistics, he was the founder of the Mathematical Institute of the Hungarian Academy, and was the Head of the Statistics Department. He also held the post of professor at Eötvös Loránd University. He wrote over 100 academic papers, authored 10 books, and was a speaker at several conferences, including the Berkeley Symposiums in 1960, 1965, and 1970. He received honors and awards like the Hungarian State Prize and Grauss Ehrenplakette in 1966 and 1978 respectively.[1][2]


Born in Szeged, Hungary, he graduated from the University of Szeged in 1935.

Around 1950, he founded the Mathematical Institute of the Hungarian Academy, whose director was Alfréd Rényi.

Early in his career, he wrote papers with Paul Erdős, including On the approximation of convex, closed pane curves by multifocal ellipses.[3]

Some of his books that were translated into English are Progress in statistics (1972), and Mathematical methods of statistical quality control (1974).[1]

He participated in conferences and gave seminar talks throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, Argentina, Germany, and China.

He retired from academic teaching in 1980, and died in 1999.[1]

Academic publications[edit]

  • Vincze, István; Erdös, Paul (1958). "Über die Annäherung geschlossener, konvexer Kurven. (On the approach of closed convex curves)" (PDF). Matematikai Lapok (9): 19–36. 
  • George Csordás and István Vincze (1992). "Convexity properties of power series with logarithmically S-concave coefficients". Analysis Mathematica 18 (1): 3–13. doi:10.1007/BF02056656. 
  • George Csordás and István Vincze (1992). "Своиства выпуклости степенных рьдов с лог арифмическиs-выпуклыми коёффицие нтами". Analysis Mathematica 18 (1): 3–13. doi:10.1007/BF02056656. 
  • George Csordas and Richard S. Varga and Istv'an Vincze (1990). "Jensen polynomials with applications to the Riemann ξ-Function". Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications 153 (1): 112–135. doi:10.1016/0022-247X(90)90269-L. 
  • Madan Lal Puri and István Vincze (1990). "Measure of information and contiguity". Statistics & Probability Letters 9 (3): 223–228. doi:10.1016/0167-7152(90)90060-K. 
  • E. Csáki and I. Vincze (1978). "On limiting distribution laws of statistics analogous to pearson's chi-square". Statistics: A Journal of Theoretical and Applied Statistics 9 (4): 531–548. doi:10.1080/02331887808801453. 
  • M. Folledo and I. Vincze (1976). "Some remarks to a paper by E. Csáki and G. Tusnády on the ballot theorem". Acta Mathematica Hungarica 28 (1): 177–179. doi:10.1007/BF01902508. 
  • Z. W. Birnbaum and I. Vincze (1973). "Limiting Distributions of Statistics Similar to Student's". Annals of Statistics 1 (1973): 958–963. doi:10.1214/aos/1176342517. 
  • P. Revesz and I. Vincze (1972). "Alfréd Rényi, 1921–1970". The Annals of Mathematical Statistics 43 (6). doi:10.1214/aoms/1177690849. 
  • Vincze, István (1996). "Cramér–Rao type inequality and a problem of mixture of distributions.". Mathematical Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava. Zbl 0920.62027. 
  • Vincze, István; Puri, Madan L. (1992). "The Neyman–Pearson probability ratio and information.". Bergisch Gladbach: Verlag Josef Eul. Zbl 0790.62011. 


  1. ^ a b c Endre Csáki (2005). "István Vincze (1912–1999) and his contribution to lattice path combinatorics and statistics". Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference 135 (1): 3–17. doi:10.1016/j.jspi.2005.02.002. 
  2. ^ Gani, J. (Joseph); Hannan, E. J. (Edward James), 1921–; Moran, P. A. P. (Patrick Alfred Pierce), 1917– (1982). Essays in statistical science : papers in honour of P.A.P. Moran. Applied Probability Trust. ISBN 978-0-902016-01-9. 
  3. ^ Vincze, István; Erdös, Paul (1958). "Über die Annäherung geschlossener, konvexer Kurven. (On the approach of closed convex curves)" (PDF). Matematikai Lapok (9): 19–36.