Stephen Fienberg

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Stephen Fienberg
Born (1942-11-27)27 November 1942
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died 14 December 2016(2016-12-14) (aged 74)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality Canadian
Fields Statistics
Institutions Carnegie Mellon University
Alma mater Harvard University
University of Toronto
Doctoral advisor Frederick Mosteller

Stephen Elliott Fienberg (27 November 1942 – 14 December 2016) was a Professor Emeritus[1] (formerly the Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science) in the Department of Statistics, the Machine Learning Department, Heinz College, and Cylab at Carnegie Mellon University.[2]

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Fienberg earned a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Toronto in 1964, an M.A. in Statistics in 1965, and a Ph.D. in Statistics in 1968 at Harvard University. He was on the Carnegie Mellon University faculty from 1980, served as Dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and became a U.S. citizen in 1998. He authored more than 400 publications, including six books, advised more than 30 Ph.D. students, and could claim more than 105 descendants in his mathematical genealogy.[3]

Fienberg was a recipient of the COPSS Presidents' Award, an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences,[4] an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,[5] a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science,[6] a fellow of the American Statistical Association[7] and a winner of its Wilks Award, and a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.[8] He was one of the foremost social statisticians in the world, and was well known for his work in log-linear modeling for categorical data, the statistical analysis of network data, and methodology for disclosure limitation. He authored and coauthored books on categorical data analysis,[9] US census adjustment,[10] and forensic science.[11] He was a founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality.[12] Fienberg was the winner of the 2015 NISS Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research,[13] and he was selected to be the R. A. Fisher Lecturer in 2015.[14]

Stephen Fienberg was married to Joyce Fienberg and had two sons, Anthony and Howard, and six grandchildren. He died on 14 December 2016.[15]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Bishop, Y. M. M., Fienberg, S. E. and Holland, P. W. (1975). Discrete Multivariate Analysis: Theory and Practice. M.I.T. Press, Cambridge, MA.[16] Paperback edition (1977). A Citation Classic. Reprinted, by Springer-Verlag, New York (2007).
  • Fienberg, S. E. and Hinkley, D. V., eds. (1980). R. A. Fisher: An Appreciation. Springer-Verlag, NY.[17] 1st reprint 1989; 2nd reprint by Springer-Verlag, NY (2012).
  • Fienberg, S. E. (1980). The Analysis of Cross-classified Categorical Data. 2nd Edition. M.I.T. Press, Cambridge, MA. A Citation Classic. Reprinted, by Springer-Verlag, New York (2007).
  • DeGroot, M. H., Fienberg, S. E., and Kadane, J. B., eds. (1986). Statistics and the Law. Wiley, New York. Wiley Classics Paperback edition (1994).
  • Goldenberg, A., Zheng, A. X., Fienberg, S. E. and Airoldi, E. M. (2010) A Survey of Statistical Network Models. Now Publishers Inc.


  1. ^ "Emeritus Celebration for Steve Fienberg | NSF-Census Research Network". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  2. ^ "CMU Statistics". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Stephen Fienberg – The Mathematics Genealogy Project". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  4. ^, National Academy of Sciences. "Stephen Fienberg". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  5. ^ "List of Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences" (PDF). Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Fienberg, Stephen E". AAAS – The World's Largest General Scientific Society. 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  7. ^ Inc., Advanced Solutions International,. "ASA Fellows List". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  8. ^ "IMS Awards". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  9. ^ "Stephen E. Fienberg". MIT Press. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  10. ^ "Who Counts? | RSF". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  11. ^ Council, National Research (2002-10-08). The Polygraph and Lie Detection. doi:10.17226/10420. ISBN 9780309263924. 
  12. ^ "Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality | Journals | Carnegie Mellon University". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  13. ^ "An Interview with Steve Fienberg, 2015 NISS Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research Winner | Amstat News". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  14. ^ Amstat Videos (2015-09-24), COPSS Awards and Fisher Lecture, retrieved 2016-12-01 
  15. ^ "STEPHEN E. FIENBERG, 1942-2016". Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  16. ^ Haberman, Shelby J. (July 1976). "Review: Discrete Multivariate Analysis: Theory and Practice by Y. M. M. Bishop, S. E. Fienberg and P. W. Holland". The Annals of Statistics. 4 (4): 817–820. doi:10.1214/aos/1176343556. JSTOR 2958194. 
  17. ^ Kempthorne, Oscar (June 1983). "A Review of R. A. Fisher: An Appreciation". Journal of the American Statistical Association. 78 (382): 482–490. doi:10.1080/01621459.1983.10478001. JSTOR 2288664. 

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