Robert Tibshirani is a Professor in the Departments of Statistics and Biomedical Data Science at Stanford University. He was a Professor at the University of Toronto from 1985 to 1998. In his work, he develops statistical tools for the analysis of complex datasets, most recently in genomics and proteomics. His most well-known contributions are the Lasso method, which proposed the use of L1 penalization in regression and related problems, and Significance Analysis of Microarrays. Tibshirani joined the doctoral program at Stanford University in 1981 and received his Ph.D. in 1984 under the supervision of Bradley Efron. His dissertation was entitled “Local likelihood estimation”. Tibshirani received the COPSS Presidents’ Award in 1996. Given jointly by the world’s leading statistical societies, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to statistics by a statistician under the age of 40. He is a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association. He won an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada in 1997. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2001 and a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2012. Tibshirani was made the 2012 Statistical Society of Canada’s Gold Medalist at their yearly meeting in Guelph, Ontario for “exceptional contributions to methodology and theory for the analysis of complex data sets, smoothing and regression methodology, statistical learning, and classification, and application areas that include public health, genomics, and proteomics”. He gave his Gold Medal Address at the 2013 meeting in Edmonton. He was elected to the Royal Society in 2019.
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