Jacob Cohen (statistician)

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This article is about the statistician. For other people with this name, see Jacob Cohen (disambiguation).

Jacob Cohen (1923 – January 20, 1998) was a United States statistician and psychologist best known for his work on statistical power and effect size, which helped to lay foundations for current statistical meta-analysis[1][2] and the methods of estimation statistics. He gave his name to Cohen's kappa and Cohen's d.

He received his PhD in clinical psychology at New York University in 1950. Between 1959 and retirement in 1993 he worked in the psychology department at New York University, latterly as the head of the quantitative psychology group.[3]

Selected works[edit]

Below are listed some of Cohen's works. Where multiple authors are present, full names are used to facilitate reader searches for other works by those authors.


  1. ^ Cohen's entry in Encyclopedia of Statistics in Behavioral Science
  2. ^ Borenstein, Michael (1999), "Jacob Cohen, PhD, 1923-1998", Archives of General Psychiatry 56 (6): 581, doi:10.1001/archpsyc.56.6.581 [dead link]
  3. ^ Wolfgang Saxon (February 7, 1998), Jacob Cohen, 74, Psychologist And Pioneer in Statistical Studies, New York Times, retrieved May 5, 2010 

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