Leo Goodman

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Leo A. Goodman
Residence United States
Citizenship United States
Fields Statistics
Institutions University of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater Syracuse University, Princeton University
Doctoral advisor John Tukey, Samuel S. Wilks
Known for Social statistics, Goodman and Kruskal's lambda, Goodman and Kruskal's gamma
Notable awards R. A. Fisher Lectureship (1968)
Wilks Memorial Award (1985)

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.[1] He moved to Princeton for postgraduate work in mathematical statistics, receiving his masters and doctorate in 1950.[1]


Goodman began his career in 1950 at the University of Chicago, where he would stay, save for a number of visiting professorships, until 1987.[1] Since 1987, he has been Class of 1938 Professor in the Sociology Department and the Statistics Department at the University of California, Berkeley.[1]

Awards and distinctions[edit]

In 1956 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Becker, M. P. (2009). "A Conversation with Leo Goodman" (PDF). Statistical Science. 24 (3): 361–385. 
  2. ^ View/Search Fellows of the ASA, accessed 2016-07-23.

External links[edit]

Leo Goodman at the Mathematics Genealogy Project