Historical Special Issue Statistics: A Journal of Theoretical and Applied Statistics


The International Year of Statistics 2013, proclaimed by the International Statistical Institute (ISI) in order to emphasize the high importance of statistics for the modern information society, is drawing to a close. We, as the editors of Statistics, want to take this opportunity and thank our authors, reviewers, readers and everybody else who is or should be interested in statistics (according to the ISI this refers to the whole society) for their ongoing and continuously increasing interest and contribution.

Our journal started in 1970 as a part of the German Zeitschrift für Mathematische Operationsforschung und Statistik. The former editors quickly noticed the importance of statistics and how great the need for it. They established an independent journal and started making it more international, encouraging authors to submit in English and attracting more papers from all over the world.

Traditionally in December, Germans give a gift to their loved ones every day until Christmas, the so-called Advent calendar. We want to take up this custom in order to reflect the German roots of our journal and have collected these 25 papers from all its epochs, starting from Mathematische Operationsforschung und Statistik (1970-1976), followed by Series Statistics (1977-1984) up to Statistics: A Journal of Theoretical and Applied Statistics, as it has been called since 1985.

So here it is, a small subset of the many wonderful papers published in Statistics, covering many different topics like experimental design, regression, distribution theory, survival analysis, time series, stochastic processes, model choice, nonparametrics, and other fields where important contributions to statistical practice based on a sound and profound mathematical background have been made.

Read the full Preface from the Editors, Roland Fried and Markus Reiss.

Statistics: A Journal of Theoretical and Applied Statistics (1985 - current)