Royal Statistical Society fellows, David Cox and Bradley Efron have been awarded the prestigious BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences category.
They were recognised for their work in developing 'pioneering and hugely influential' statistical methods that have proved indispensable for obtaining reliable results in a vast spectrum of disciplines.
David Cox (pictured), former RSS president, and winner of this year’s International Prize in Statistics is the creator of 'the Cox regression'; a powerful tool to explain the duration of a time interval between two events of interest, which depends on identifiable factors rather than mere chance. From disease risk assessment and treatment evaluation to product liability to school dropout, re-incarceration, and AIDS surveillance systems, the Cox Model has been applied essentially in all fields of science, as well as in engineering.
Bradley Efron, recipient of the Royal Statistical Society's highest honour, the Guy Medal in Gold meantime, is the inventor of the bootstrap, a 'deceptively simple' technique, as the jury terms it, to estimate the margin of error of a given outcome; a must-know in science without which results are worthless.
RSS President David Spiegelhalter said: 'It's wonderful to see statistical science recognised in this way, and my heartiest congratulations go out to our two eminent fellows.'