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Brainmakers (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
At Large (With: Charles C. Mann) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Corps Business (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Perfect Mess (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wrong (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

David H. Freedman was one of the distinguished mathematical statisticians as well as a successful author of over 200 articles and 6 books. He was born on March 5, 1939 in Montreal, Canada, and died on October 17, 2008 in Berkeley, California at the age of 70. Freedman was a Canadian citizen by nationality, but has lived in a number of places throughout America on account of his statistical works. Initially, he used to work as a statistics professor at the California University in Berkeley. Being a popular statistician, Freedman worked on the wide range of researches including the analysis of the martingale inequalities, de Finetti’s theorem, sampling, Markov processes, etc. He also worked on the procedures of the testing and evaluation of models. Later, Freedman published several extensive works on the methods of casual interference and statistical model behaviors under the non-standard situations. An example of this research work is the behavior of regression models, while dealing with the data from the random experiments.

Author Freedman continued to write widely on the applications and the misapplications of statistical studies in the social sciences, including public policy, law, and epidemiology. Before becoming an author of the statistical research works, Freedman earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the McGill University in the year 1958. After that, he enrolled himself in the Princeton University and obtained his M.A and Ph.D degrees in the years 1959 and 1960 respectively. Later, Freedman joined the Statistics Department of the California University in Berkeley as a lecturer in the year 1961. The following year, he was appointed as a research faculty. Throughout his entire as a statistician and author, Freedman remained at Berkeley. During the time of the year 1962, Freedman started working professionally as a mathematical statistician and a probabilist with Bayesian leanings, but went on to become a leading applied statistician of the world as well as a circumspect frequentist. Author Freedman also served as a testifying or consulting expert of statistics while dealing with disputes in the cases of employment discrimination, voting rights, fair loan practices, duplicate signatures, price scanner errors, ecological interference, sampling, Bovine Encephalopathy, railroad taxation, golf ball flight patterns, etc.

Freedman has worked for a number of popular companies like the Bank of Canada, the San Francisco City, the Los Angeles County, the Federal Reserve, and the departments of energy, justice, commerce, and treasury of the United States. Along with his colleague Kenneth Wachter, Freedman testified the courts and the U.S. Congress against the censuses of 1989 and 1990 by using the estimates of under counts of differential. After agreeing to the analysis of Freedman and Kenneth, a lawsuit was sought in the year 1990 to compel the U.S. Commerce Department to adjust the census and was ruled unanimously in the favor of the department of commerce by the Supreme Court of The United States. Along with one of his other colleagues named David Kaye, Freedman successfully wrote a primer on statistics, especially for the judges and the lawyers, which was widely used. It was published by the Federal Judicial Center, which is the research and education agency for the federal courts of the United States.

As far as the writing career of David H. Freedman is concerned, he has authored or co-authored a number of articles, technical reports, and books based on his statistical research studies. He has written a highly influential and innovative introductory textbook based on statistics titled ‘Statistics’. Freedman collaborated with the authors Roger Purves and Robert Pisani in writing this book. Over the years, the book has been re-released in 4 other editions. Amos Tversky from the Stanford University has described it as a very good book. He has said that it gives the best introduction about how to think about issues related to statistics. The fact that it is full of numerous real world examples to help understand the principles and the applications of statistics makes it even better to read. Other than this classic textbook, Freedman has also written a book on Statistical Models, which serves as an advanced book on statistical modeling.

Apart from the successful books, author Freedman has written many landmark articles on statistical research works in his writing career. During his career as a statistician, he also got the chance to become a fellow of the Mathematical Statistics Institute and the Statistical Association of America. Later, he was also elected as a fellow of the Arts and Science Academy of America. In the year 2003, Freedman won the John J. Carty Award for his advancement in science as well as for his excellent contributions to the theoretical and practical approach of statistics, specifically the trenchant analysis of the census adjustment and the rigorous foundations to the Bayesian interference. In the year 1990, author Freedman also became a fellow member of the Miller Institute. Before that, he was a fellow of the Canada Council of the Imperial College in London in the year 1960-61 and at the Alfred Sloan Foundation in the year 1964-65.

One of the initial books written by author David H. Freeman was titled ‘At Large’, which was published in the year 1997 by the Touchstone publishing house. The plot of this novel revolves around the life of an obsessive hacker which challenges to change the way looking at Internet forever. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, a massive manhunt begins against a computer outlaw in unison. The outlaw hacks and breaks into the secured systems of the banks, federal agencies, universities, top secret military research sites, etc. Due to this, the FBI unites with the security bureaucrats and several computer nerds to try and catch the elusive computer hacker. The novel describes a tale of cops versus hackers. It also gives an account of the disturbing vulnerability of the online networks all around the globe, due to which the systems as well as the individuals are exposed to threats of all sorts.

One of the other novels written by author Freedman was titled ‘Corps Business : The Thirty Management Principles of the United States Marines’. This novel was published by the HarperBusiness publishing house in the year 2000. The plot of this novel deals with the fact that the Marine Corps might be the best run enterprise all over the world. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, it is described that the Corps has been able to create an adaptive organization, due to which the Marines are able to complete their assigned tasks every time in spite of facing a number of extraordinarily complex and dynamic challenges. The author says that the reason behind the success of the Marines is their wide ranging management practices system. He also says that if these principles are used by any other organization, they can also achieve the responsiveness as demanded by the competitive world, with high impacts. Author Freedman has tried to explain the application of the principles of the Marine Corps in the fast changing environment of the business world.

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