Douglas Wiens

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Douglas Paul Wiens is a Canadian statistician; he is a professor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Alberta.

Wiens earned a B.Sc. in mathematics (1972), two master's degrees in mathematical logic (1974) and statistics (1979), and a Ph.D. in statistics (1982), all from the University of Calgary.[1] As part of his work on mathematical logic, in connection with Hilbert's tenth problem, Wiens helped find a diophantine formula for the primes: that is, multivariate polynomial with the property that the positive values of this polynomial, over integer arguments, are exactly the prime numbers.[2] Wiens and his co-authors won the Lester R. Ford award of the Mathematical Association of America in 1977 for their paper describing this result.[3] His Ph.D. dissertation was entitled Robust Estimation for Multivariate Location and Scale in the Presence of Asymmetry and was supervised by John R. Collins.[4] After receiving his Ph.D. in 1982, Wiens took a faculty position at Dalhousie University, and moved in 1987 to Alberta.[1]

Wiens was editor-in-chief of The Canadian Journal of Statistics from 2004 to 2006[5] and program chair of the 2003 annual meeting of the Statistical Society of Canada.[6] Along with the Ford award, Wiens received The Canadian Journal of Statistics Award in 1990 for his paper "Minimax-variance L- and R-estimators of location".[7] In 2005 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.[8]


  1. ^ a b Education and Professional Experience[permanent dead link] from Wiens' web site at Alberta, retrieved 2010-02-07.
  2. ^ Jones, James P.; Sato, Daihachiro; Wada, Hideo; Wiens, Douglas (1976), "Diophantine representation of the set of prime numbers", American Mathematical Monthly, 83: 449–464, doi:10.2307/2318339, archived from the original on 2012-02-24.
  3. ^ The Mathematical Association of America's The Lester R. Ford Award, retrieved 2010-02-07.
  4. ^ Douglas Paul Wiens at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  5. ^ CJS editorial board, retrieved 2010-01-07.
  6. ^ 2003 Annual Meeting in Halifax Archived 2009-12-06 at the Wayback Machine, SSC, retrieved 2010-01-07.
  7. ^ The Canadian Journal of Statistics Award, retrieved 2010-01-07.
  8. ^ ASA Fellows, retrieved 2010-01-07.

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