Robert Gentleman (statistician)

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Robert Clifford Gentleman
Born 1959 (age 55–56)[citation needed]
Institutions Genentech
University of Washington
Harvard University
The University of Auckland
Alma mater University of Washington
University of British Columbia
Thesis Exploratory methods for censored data (1988)
Doctoral advisor John James Crowley[1]
Doctoral students Beiying Ding[2]
Denise Scholtens[3]
Alain C. Vandal [4]
Known for R (programming language)
Notable awards Benjamin Franklin Award (Bioinformatics)

Robert Clifford Gentleman (born 1959) is a Canadian statistician and bioinformatician[5] currently working for Genentech.[6][7] He is recognized, along with Ross Ihaka, as one of the originators of the R programming language [8][9] and the Bioconductor project.[10][11][12]


Gentleman was awarded his Ph.D. degree in Statistics from University of Washington in 1988.[13]


Gentleman won the Benjamin Franklin Award in 2008.[14]


  1. ^ Robert Gentleman at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ Ding, Beiying (2004). Methods for analyzing high dimensional data: Classification, measurement error model and graph based association measures, with applications to microarray data (PhD thesis). Harvard University. 
  3. ^ Scholtens, Denise Marie (2004). Studies in multidimensional data: Estimation of the bivariate survival curve, analysis of factorial designed microarray experiments, identification of protein complex membership (PhD thesis). Harvard University. 
  4. ^ Vandal, Alain C. (1999). Order theory and nonparametric analysis for interval censored data (PhD thesis). University of Auckland. 
  5. ^ Gentleman, R. (2005). "Reproducible Research: A Bioinformatics Case Study". Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology 4. doi:10.2202/1544-6115.1034.  edit
  6. ^ Gaudet, P.; Bairoch, A.; Field, D.; Sansone, S. -A.; Taylor, C.; Attwood, T. K.; Bateman, A.; Blake, J. A.; Bult, C. J.; Cherry, J. M.; Chisholm, R. L.; Cochrane, G.; Cook, C. E.; Eppig, J. T.; Galperin, M. Y.; Gentleman, R.; Goble, C. A.; Gojobori, T.; Hancock, J. M.; Howe, D. G.; Imanishi, T.; Kelso, J.; Landsman, D.; Lewis, S. E.; Karsch Mizrachi, I.; Orchard, S.; Ouellette, B. F. F.; Ranganathan, S.; Richardson, L.; Rocca-Serra, P. (2011). "Towards BioDBcore: A community-defined information specification for biological databases". Database 2011: baq027–baq027. doi:10.1093/database/baq027. PMC 3017395. PMID 21205783.  edit
  7. ^ Robert C. Gentleman Senior Director: Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
  8. ^ Ihaka, R.; Gentleman, R. (1996). "R: A Language for Data Analysis and Graphics". Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics 5 (3): 299–314. doi:10.2307/1390807. JSTOR 1390807.  edit
  9. ^ Ashlee Vance (6 January 2009). "R, the Software, Finds Fans in Data Analysts -". New York Times. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Gentleman, R. C.; Carey, V. J.; Bates, D. M.; Bolstad, B.; Dettling, M.; Dudoit, S.; Ellis, B.; Gautier, L.; Ge, Y.; Gentry, J.; Hornik, K.; Hothorn, T.; Huber, W.; Iacus, S.; Irizarry, R.; Leisch, F.; Li, C.; Maechler, M.; Rossini, A. J.; Sawitzki, G.; Smith, C.; Smyth, G.; Tierney, L.; Yang, J. Y.; Zhang, J. (2004). "Bioconductor: Open software development for computational biology and bioinformatics". Genome Biology 5 (10): R80. doi:10.1186/gb-2004-5-10-r80. PMC 545600. PMID 15461798.  edit
  11. ^ Robert Gentleman's publications indexed by the DBLP Bibliography Server at the University of Trier
  12. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  13. ^ Gentleman, Robert Clifford (1988). Exploratory methods for censored data (PhD thesis). University of Washington. 
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