Measuring the Earth
David J. Hand
Imperial College, London England
The computer has made statistics one of the most exciting professions. By necessity statisticians are in at the kill when the structures start to emerge from the morass of numbers. But structures worth knowing about are only discovered if good quality data are available. This is ensured by effective measurement procedures. Measurement technology goes in hand with substantive theory, and statistical theory and method go hand in hand with both.
David J. Hand is a Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College in London. Previously, he was a Professor of Statistics and Head of the Department of Statistics at the Open University. He is the founding editor and continuing editor-in-chief of the journal "Statistics and Computing", and is the former editor of "Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series C." Professor Hand has published over 100 research papers and fifteen books, including "Construction and Assessment of Classification Rules", "Practical Longitudinal Data Analysis", and "Statistics in Finance." His research interests include data mining, classification methods, and the interface between statistics and computing. He has consulted broadly, including in the areas of medicine, psychology, and finance.