Arthur P. Dempster
|Arthur P. Dempster|
Prof Dempster at the workshop on Belief Function Theory (Brest 1 April 2010).
|Born||1929 (age 85–86)|
|Alma mater||Princeton University (PhD 1956)
University of Toronto (BA 1952; MA 1953)
|Thesis||The two-sample multivariate problem in the degenerate case (1956)|
|Doctoral advisor||John Tukey|
|Known for||Dempster–Shafer theory
|Notable awards||Putnam Fellow (1961)
ASA Fellow (1964) 
IMS Fellow (1963) 
AAAS Fellow (1997)
Dempster received his B.A. in mathematics and physics (1952) and M.A. in mathematics (1953), both from University of Toronto. He obtained his Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from Princeton University in 1956. His thesis, titled The two-sample multivariate problem in the degenerate case, was written under the supervision of John Tukey.
- Dempster, A. P. (1967). "Upper and lower probabilities induced by a multivalued mapping". The Annals of Mathematical Statistics 38 (2): 325–339. doi:10.1214/aoms/1177698950.
- A. P. Dempster, N. M. Laird and D. B. Rubin. (1977). "Maximum Likelihood from Incomplete Data via the EM Algorithm," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, B, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 1–38.
- The authors collected a variety of maximum likelihood problems and methods of solving these problems that occurred in the literature. They found that all of these methods had some ideas in common and they named it the EM Algorithm, standing for "Expectation, Maximization".
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