Careers in Statistics

Beyond the Mahalanobis Distance

August 19, 2013

in Bhogle the Mind

By Srinivas Bhogle

This post was to appear on June 28-29, and I wish it had. Both these days are intimately linked to the life of Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis; he was born June 29, 1893 and died June 28, 1972.

Mahalanobis was a great statistician; his work on the Mahalanobis Distance, his exciting foray in sample surveys, and his later work in fractile graphical analysis are often cited as examples of what he achieved. Mahalanobis also used innovative statistical ideas and techniques to solve serious engineering problems, and provide answers to vexing questions in national planning.

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