# Douglas Wiens

**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]}

## References[edit]

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^{a}^{b}Education and Professional Experience^{[permanent dead link]}from Wiens' web site at Alberta, retrieved 2010-02-07. **^**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.**^**The Mathematical Association of America's The Lester R. Ford Award, retrieved 2010-02-07.**^**Douglas Paul Wiens at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.**^**CJS editorial board, retrieved 2010-01-07.**^**2003 Annual Meeting in Halifax Archived 2009-12-06 at the Wayback Machine, SSC, retrieved 2010-01-07.**^**The Canadian Journal of Statistics Award, retrieved 2010-01-07.**^**ASA Fellows, retrieved 2010-01-07.

## External links[edit]

- Home page at the University of Alberta

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