Leo A. Goodman
|Alma mater||Syracuse University, Princeton University|
|Known for||Social statistics, Goodman and Kruskal's lambda, Goodman and Kruskal's gamma|
|Awards||R. A. Fisher Lectureship (1968)|
Wilks Memorial Award (1985)
|Institutions||University of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley|
|Doctoral advisor||John Tukey, Samuel S. Wilks|
Leo A. Goodman (born August 7, 1928) is a statistician known particularly for developing statistical methods for the social sciences, including statistical methods for analyzing categorical data and data from statistical surveys.
Goodman earned his AB degree summa cum laude from Syracuse University in 1948, majoring in mathematics and sociology. He moved to Princeton for postgraduate work in mathematical statistics, receiving his masters and doctorate in 1950.
Goodman began his career in 1950 at the University of Chicago, where he would stay, save for a number of visiting professorships, until 1987. Since 1987, he has been Class of 1938 Professor in the Sociology Department and the Statistics Department at the University of California, Berkeley.