A PERSONAL HISTORY OF BAYESIAN STATISTICS

 

Thomas Hoskyns Leonard

 

Retired Professor of Statistics, Universities of Wisconsin-Madison and Edinburgh

 

APPENDIX D

 
WHEREFORE DENNIS?

 

By Thomas Hoskyns Leonard

 

Husband of sweet Joan,

Father of dynasties,

Pioneer at Cambridge

Of theory of queues;

Defender of the Savageous Bayesian faith

Creator of De Finetti’s everlasting fame,

Creator of Lindley’s enigmatic paradox,

Grand Inquisitor of Fisher’s Fiducial Inference,

His Bayes-Stein estimator reigns supreme

Scourge of iconic Florence

When he to the Chair at UCL majestically rose,

Then scourge of neurotic me.

Oh happy, happy, we gay people should be.

My grand educator,

Leaving my family destitute and forlorn.

Where for Dennis, oh noble Charon,

When he the Ferryman his penny pays,

And where for me?

 

 

Hold firm against the multiphobes, guys, and you will survive to be a free spirit and soar like
Jonathan Livingston Seagull through the skies.

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
  © Thomas Hoskyns Leonard, 2014