Leo Goodman

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Leo A. Goodman
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materSyracuse University, Princeton University
Known forSocial statistics, Goodman and Kruskal's lambda, Goodman and Kruskal's gamma
AwardsR. A. Fisher Lectureship (1968)
Wilks Memorial Award (1985)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisorJohn 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.[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". Statistical Science. 24 (3): 361–385. arXiv:1010.0310. doi:10.1214/08-sts276.
  2. ^ View/Search Fellows of the ASA, accessed 2016-07-23.

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