Michael L. Stein, a distinguished professor has been awarded the 2023 Founders of Statistics Prize for Contemporary Research.
Stein’s book, “Interpolation of Spatial Data: Some Theory for Kriging" published by Springer Series in Statistics in 1999, has had and continues to have a profound impact on spatial statistics, most prominently in theory, but also methodology and applications. Its influence extends beyond spatial statistics into other areas in which Gaussian processes are prominently used, including machine learning and computer experiments. Despite being
published over 20 years ago, references to the book, currently more than 4000 citations, are at their peak and have even increased in each of the last 4 years. It is broadly cited not just in the statistics and machine learning literatures, but also in a wide range of scholarly journals in disciplines including the geosciences, physics, chemistry, engineering, marketing, ecology and epidemiology. This book has fundamentally transformed spatial statistics and statistical applications of Gaussian processes, and its far-reaching impact will continue for years to come. It richly deserves the recognition of ISI Founders of Statistics Prize.
The Prize is awarded every two years through the sponsorship of Elsevier Publishers. The Founders of Statistics Prize for Contemporary Research Contributions is given in honor of the Founders of Statistics. It recognizes a research contribution that has had profound influence on statistical theory, methodology, practice, or applications. The contribution must be a research article or book published within the last three decades.
Michael L. Stein received the prize in July 2023 at the 64 th International Statistical Institute World Statistics Congress in Ottawa, Canada.