Robert Wedderburn (statistician)

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Robert William Maclagan Wedderburn (1947–1975) was a Scottish statistician who worked at the Rothamsted Experimental Station. He was co-developer, with John Nelder, of the generalized linear model methodology,[1] and then expanded this subject to develop the idea of quasi-likelihood.[2]

Wedderburn was born in Edinburgh, where he attended Fettes College, then studied for a degree and a diploma in statistics at the University of Cambridge.[3] He died aged 28 of anaphylactic shock from an insect bite while on a canal holiday.[4]

"His colleagues remember him as someone of engaging diffidence, who would nonetheless hold his own in argument when he was sure he was right (as he usually was)." — John Nelder[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelder, John A; Wedderburn, Robert W (1972). "Generalized linear models". Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (Royal Statistical Society) 135 (3): 370–384. doi:10.2307/2344614. JSTOR 2344614. 
  2. ^ Wedderburn, RWM (1974). "Quasi-likelihood functions, generalized linear models, and the Gauss—Newton method". Biometrika 61 (3): 439–447. doi:10.1093/biomet/61.3.439. 
  3. ^ a b Nelder, J.A. (1975). "Robert William MacLagan Wedderburn, 1947–1975". Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (Royal Statistical Society) 138 (4): 587. doi:10.2307/2345239. 
  4. ^ Senn, Stephen (2003). "A conversation with John Nelder". Statistical Science 18 (1): 118–131. doi:10.1214/ss/1056397489.