Access

You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:

login

Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

If you need an accessible version of this item please contact JSTOR User Support

A Conversation with Leo Breiman

Richard Olshen and Leo Breiman
Statistical Science
Vol. 16, No. 2 (May, 2001), pp. 184-198
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2676794
Page Count: 15
  • Read Online (Free)
  • Subscribe ($19.50)
  • Cite this Item
If you need an accessible version of this item please contact JSTOR User Support
A Conversation with Leo Breiman
Preview not available

Abstract

Leo Breiman was born in New York City on January 27, 1928. His parents and he migrated five years later to San Francisco where he began school. During Leo's junior high school years, his family moved again, to Los Angeles. Leo graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1945 and entered the California Institute of Technology, from which he graduated four years later with a major in physics. He earned his Master's Degree in mathematics at Columbia University in 1950 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1954. Leo has broad ranging scientific and mathematical interests, including information theory and the theory of gambling. He has been involved in applications coming from studies of automobile traffic, air quality and toxic substance recognition. He is the author of a celebrated graduate text on probability theory, is one of four authors of Classification and Regression Trees and its associated CARTR software and has also written two other books. With Jerome Friedman, Leo developed the ACE (alternating conditional expectations) algorithm by which nonlinear relationships between the dependent variable and predictor variables in regression are described. He is the originator of "bagging" and "arcing," both computer-intensive approaches to classification that are of much current interest. Leo's professional positions have included being on the faculty of the Department of Mathematics at UCLA, an independent consultant for 13 years and Professor of Statistics and founding Director of the Statistical Computing Facility at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, he has had visiting positions at Stanford and at Yale. For his many contributions, Leo has been honored by Fellowship in the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and in the American Statistical Association. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Berkeley Citation from the University of California. The interests and accomplishments of Leo Breiman extend outside the areas of professional statistician and probabilist. He was a waiter in the Catskills, a dishwasher in the Merchant Marine, a trekker into the heart of rainforest Africa, an active father to many children from a small agrarian Mexican village, a member and President of the Santa Monica School Board, the architect of his stunning home and an accomplished sculptor. Leo and his wife, Mary Lou, reside in Berkeley. He is the father of two daughters, Rebecca and Jessica.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
184
    184
  • Thumbnail: Page 
185
    185
  • Thumbnail: Page 
186
    186
  • Thumbnail: Page 
187
    187
  • Thumbnail: Page 
188
    188
  • Thumbnail: Page 
189
    189
  • Thumbnail: Page 
190
    190
  • Thumbnail: Page 
191
    191
  • Thumbnail: Page 
192
    192
  • Thumbnail: Page 
193
    193
  • Thumbnail: Page 
194
    194
  • Thumbnail: Page 
195
    195
  • Thumbnail: Page 
196
    196
  • Thumbnail: Page 
197
    197
  • Thumbnail: Page 
198
    198