David Wallace

Professional Career Highlights

Chairman, Department of Statistics, 1977–1980.
Departmental Counselor, 1968–1977, 1980–1994.

Research Interests

Study of principled methods of formal statistical inference, especially Bayesian, fiducial and likelihood-based methods, in relation to informal methods of exploratory data analysis. Find problems that display dissonance between the methods. Examples include Inference about uncertain constructs like ratios, directions and maxima, and misbehavior of the modified likelihood ratio test for comparing two means.

Contrast actual and expected performance of asymptotic approximations and develop guides for assessing adequacy of large-sample methods.


  1. "Multiple comparisons in the analysis of variance," National Convention Transactions, American Society for Quality Control, (1957), 279–285.
  2. "Asymptotic approximations to distributions," Ann. Math. Statist. 29 (1958), 635–654.
  3. "Intersection region confidence procedures with an application to the location of the maximum in quadratic regression," Ann. Math. Statist. 29 (1958), 455–475.
  4. "A convolutive class of monotone likelihood ratio families" (with S. G. Ghurye), Ann. Math. Statist. 30 (1959), 1158–1164.
  5. "Conditional confidence level properties," Ann. Math. Statist. 30 (1959), 864–876.
  6. "Simplified Beta-approximations to the Kruskal–Wallis H-test," J. Amer. Statist. Assoc. 54 (1959), 225–230.
  7. "Bounds on normal approximations to Student's and the chi-square distributions," Ann. Math. Statist. 30 (1959), 1121–1130.
  8. "Notes on an authorship problem" (with F. Mosteller), Annals of the Harvard Computation Laboratory 31 (1962), 163–197.
  9. "Inference in an authorship problem" (with F. Mosteller), J. Amer. Statist. Assoc. 58 (1963), 275–309.
  10. Inference and Disputed Authorship: The Federalist (with F. Mosteller), Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley, 1964.
  11. "Short analyses for balanced single and double classifications: Part 2, Derivations and approximations" (with T. E. Kurtz, R. F. Link, and J. W. Tukey), Biometrika 52 (1966), 191–198.
  12. "Correlation of ranges of correlated deviates" (with T. E. Kurtz, R. F. Link, and J. W. Tukey), Biometrika 53 (1966), 191–198.
  13. "Clustering," in The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. New York: Macmillan Company and Free Press (1968), 519–524.
  14. "Computers in the teaching of statistics: Where are the main effects?" in Statistical Computation, R. Milton and J. Nelder, eds., New York: Academic Press (1969), 349–361.
  15. "Deciding authorship" (with F. Mosteller), in Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown, Third Edition, J. Tanur et al., eds., San Francisco: Holden Day, (1989), 115–125.
  16. "Clustering" in The International Encyclopedia of Statistics. New York: Macmillan Co. and Free Press (1978).
  17. "Efficacy of diagnostic X-ray procedures" (with L. B. Lusted et al). Special Monograph, American College of Radiology, (1980).
  18. "The Behrens-Fisher and Fieller-Creasy problems." In R. A. Fisher: An Appreciation, S. E. Fienberg and D. V. Hinkley, Editors, Lecture Notes in Statistics No. 1, Springer–Verlag, New York (1980), pp. 119–147.
  19. "Prevention of venous thrombo-embolism after total knee replacement by high dose of aspirin or intermittent calf–thigh compression" (with R. McKenna et al). British Medical J., 23 February 1980.
  20. "Comment," J. Amer. Statist. Assoc. 78 (1983), 569–76, (on the preceding paper, "A method for comparing two hierarchical clusterings" by E. B. Fowlkes and C. L. Mallows).
  21. (with Frederick Mosteller) Applied Bayesian and Classical Inference: The Case of the Federalist Papers. 2nd Edition of Inference and Disputed Authorship: The Federalist. Springer-Verlag, New York, 1984.
  22. "Prophylactic red–cell transfusions in pregnant patients with sickle-cell disease," (with M. Koshy et al). New England J. Med., 319 (1988), 1447–1452.