KIRSTINE SMITH (April 12, 1878 – November 11, 1939) was a Danish statistician . She is credited with the creation of the field of optimal design of experiments . BACKGROUND Smith grew up in the town of
Nykøbing Mors
In 1916, Smith was admitted for doctoral training at the University
of London where
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In her dissertation, which was published in 1918 (see below), she
invented optimal design where she computed Goptimal designs for
polynomial regression of order up to 6. After finishing her doctorate
she moved to
Copenhagen
SELECTED STATISTICAL PAPERS * Smith, K. (1916). On the ‘best’ values of the constants in frequency distributions. Biometrika, 11(3), 262–276. * Smith, K. (1918). On the standard deviations of adjusted and interpolated values of an observed polynomial function and its constants and the guidance they give towards a proper choice of the distribution of observations. Biometrika, 12(1/2), 1–85. * Smith, K. (1922).The standard deviations of fraternal and parental correlation coefficients. Biometrika, 14(1/2), 1–22. REFERENCES * ^ A B Gumpertz, M.L. Thumbnail biography of Kirstine Smith
(Accessed 23 August 2013).
* ^ A B Crary Group (Accessed 23 August 2013 via Google archive).
* ^ A B C D Guttorp, P.; Lindgren, G. (2009). "
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