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Activity Number: 529 - Remembering Donald A. S. Fraser
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Thursday, August 11, 2022 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Memorial
Abstract #320563
Title: Donald A. S. Fraser: From Impossible to Likelihood and Beyond
Author(s): Grace Yi*
Companies: University of Western Ontario
Keywords: Donald A. S. Fraser; statistical sciences; likelihood; mentorship; statistical research; memorial

Donald A. S. Fraser was a giant figure in Statistical Sciences and had been active in statistical research for over 70 years. He had made fundamental contributions to the discipline and produced influential research results in multiple directions, including statistics theory, higher order asymptotics, Bayesian inference, likelihood inference, and beyond. In addition to his profound research portfolio, Don had exerted tremendous influence on several generations of statisticians and mentored a large number of trainees including 55 PhD students. I was fortunate to be Don’s student for 1996-1999 in which period Don’s mentorship and guidance completely changed my career path. Twenty-six years ago, I had zero knowledge in Statistical Sciences and it was impossible to think of a career in statistics. It was Don who led me to the wonderful world of Statistical Sciences, guided me to explore this land, and directed me to new research destinations. He was such an inspiration to many of us including myself! In this talk, I will share with you some of my experiences with Don and how they shaped my research scopes, starting from an impossible situation to a likelihood, and further beyond.

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