David Hand (statistician)
David John Hand
30 June 1950
|Alma mater||University of Oxford (BA)|
University of Southampton (PhD)
|Awards||Guy Medal (2002)|
George Box Medal (2016)
Imperial College London
Winton Capital Management
|Thesis||The Classification of Incomplete Vectors (1977)|
|Doctoral advisor||Bruce Godfrey Batchelor|
David John Hand Peterborough) is a British statistician. His research interests include multivariate statistics, classification methods, pattern recognition, computational statistics and the foundations of statistics. He has written technical books on statistics, data mining, finance, classification methods, and measuring wellbeing, as well as science popularisation books including The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day; Dark Data: Why What You Don’t Know Matters; and Statistics: A Very Short Introduction. In 1991 he launched the journal Statistics and Computing, which is now[when?] celebrating its third decade.(born 30 June 1950 in
Career and research
Hand served as professor of statistics at the Open University from 1988 until 1999, when he moved to Imperial College London, where he is now[when?] Emeritus Professor of Mathematics. Between 2010 and 2018 he took an extended sabbatical to serve as chief scientific advisor at Winton Capital Management. He served as president of the Royal Statistical Society from 2008 to 2009, then again in 2010 after Bernard Silverman stood down.
Hand has published 31 books, inter alia:
- 2001. Principles of Data Mining
- 2007. Measurement Theory and Practice: the World Through Quantification 
- 2014. (with Paul Allin). The Wellbeing of Nations: Meaning, Motive and Measurement. Wiley.
- 2014. The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles and Rare Events Happen All the Time
- 2020. From GDP to Sustainable Wellbeing: Changing Statistics or Changing Lives? 
- 2020. Dark Data: Why What You Don’t Know Matters
Hand has published over 300 scientific articles, inter alia:
- Hand D.J. and Henley W.E. (1997) Statistical classification methods in consumer credit scoring: a review. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 160, 523-541
- Hand D.J., Blunt G., Kelly M.G., and Adams N.M. (2000) Data mining for fun and profit. Statistical Science, 15, 111-131
- Hand D.J. and Yu K. (2001) Idiot’s Bayes - not so stupid after all? International Statistical Review, 69, 385-398
- Bolton R.J. and Hand D.J. (2002) Statistical fraud detection: a review. Statistical Science, 17, 235-255 
- Hand D.J. (2006) Classifier technology and the illusion of progress (with discussion). Statistical Science, 21, 1-34
- 2008. Top 10 algorithms in data mining
- Hand D.J. (2009) Measuring classifier performance: a coherent alternative to the area under the ROC curve. Machine Learning, 77, 103-123
- Hand D.J. (2018) Statistical challenges of administrative and transaction data (with discussion). Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 181, 555-605
Awards and honours
Hand has received various awards for his work, including being elected Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1999, the Guy Medal in Silver of the Royal Statistical Society in 2002, the IEEE ICDM Outstanding Contributions Award in 2004, the Credit Collections and Risk Award for Contributions to the Credit Industry in 2012, the George Box Medal for Business and Industrial Statistics in 2016, and the International Federation of Classification Societies Research Medal in 2019. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to research and innovation. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2003.
In April 2013 until June 2021 he served on the board of the board of the UK Statistics Authority as a non-executive director and served on the European Statistical Advisory Committee, advising the European Commission from 2016-2021. He chaired the Administrative Data Research Network from 2014-2017 and serves on many other advisory committees, including chairing the Advisory Board of the ONS’s Centre for Applied Data Ethics and the National Statistician's Expert User Advisory Committee.
- David Hand publications indexed by Google Scholar
- Anon (2007). "Hand, Prof. David John". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U4000379. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- David Hand at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Prof David Hand Authorised Biography at Debrett's People of Today. Accessed 2011-01-27.
- "Professor David Hand". Imperial College London. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
- The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles and Rare Events Happen All the Time. Farrar Straus Giroux. ISBN 978-0-374-17534-4
- Dark Data: Why What You Don’t Know Matters ISBN 978-0691182377
- Hand, David John (1977). The Classification of Incomplete Vectors (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. OCLC 1116600745. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.458058.
- "Past President". The Royal Statistical Society. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
- (with Mannila H. and Smyth P). Principles of Data Mining. MIT Press. ISBN 978-0262082907
- Measurement Theory and Practice: the World Through Quantification. Wiley,ISBN 978-0470685679
- (with Paul Allin). The Wellbeing of Nations: Meaning, Motive and Measurement. Wiley. ISBN 978-1-118-48957-4
- 2020. (with Paul Allin) From GDP to Sustainable Wellbeing: Changing Statistics or Changing Lives? Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-3030530846
- Hand, D. J.; Henley, W. E. (1997). "Statistical Classification Methods in Consumer Credit Scoring: A Review". Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A (Statistics in Society). 160 (3): 523–541. doi:10.1111/j.1467-985X.1997.00078.x. JSTOR 2983268. S2CID 18547380.
- Hand, David J.; Blunt, Gordon; Kelly, Mark G.; Adams, Niall M. (2000). "Data Mining for Fun and Profit". Statistical Science. 15 (2): 111–126. JSTOR 2676725.
- Hand, David J.; Yu, Keming (2001). "Idiot's Bayes: Not So Stupid after All?". International Statistical Review / Revue Internationale de Statistique. 69 (3): 385–398. doi:10.2307/1403452. JSTOR 1403452.
- Bolton, Richard J.; Hand, David J. (2002). "Statistical Fraud Detection: A Review". Statistical Science. 17 (3). doi:10.1214/ss/1042727940.
- Hand, David J. (2006). "Classifier Technology and the Illusion of Progress". Statistical Science. 21. doi:10.1214/088342306000000060. S2CID 16325617.
- with Ross Quinlan, Qiang Yang, Philip S. Yu and Zhou Zhihua et al.. Knowledge and Information Systems 14.1: 1-37 doi:10.1007/s10115-007-0114-2
- Hand, David J. (2009). "Measuring classifier performance: A coherent alternative to the area under the ROC curve". Machine Learning. 77: 103–123. doi:10.1007/s10994-009-5119-5. S2CID 207211591.
- Hand, David J. (2018). "Statistical challenges of administrative and transaction data". Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (Statistics in Society). 181 (3): 555–605. doi:10.1111/rssa.12315. S2CID 126301517.
- "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 11.
- "New Year Honours List 2013 - General List" (PDF). Cabinet Office. Retrieved 29 December 2012.