December 30, 1944
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Fields||statistician, mathematician, and philosopher|
|Institutions||University of Hawaii
Arizona State University
|Known for||generalized linear models
negative binomial regression
|Notable awards||Fellow, American Statistical
Elected Member, International Statistical Institute
Hilbe is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii, an adjunct professor of statistics at Arizona State University (since 1992), and a Solar System Ambassador with NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is an elected Fellow of both the American Statistical Association and Royal Statistical Society, as well as an elected member of the prestigious International Statistical Institute, for which he is Chair of the Sports Statistics Committee and Chair of the Astrostatistics Interest Group. In addition, he is also a member of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and Bernoulli Society.
Hilbe is noted for his work with generalized linear models (GLM), and in particular for his contributions to the fields of count response modeling and logistic regression. He is author of Logistic Regression Models (Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2009), Negative Binomial Regression (Cambridge University Press, 2007),  and co-author with James Hardin (University of South Carolina) of Generalized Estimating Equations (Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2003), and two editions of Generalized Linear Models and Extensions, (Stata Press, 2001, 2007). Since the early 1990s Hilbe has presented short courses on topics related to his publications throughout North AmericaAfrica, and Europe.
Over two decades Hilbe has created a number of published statistical software regression procedures used by researchers worldwide with which to model data. He also served as Software Reviews Editor for The American Statistician , from 1997-2009, contributing to the development of accurate commercial statistical software.
Born in Los Angeles, California, 30 Dec 1944, son of Rader John Hilbe and Nadyne Anderson Hilbe, Hilbe graduated from Paradise, CA high school (1962) and California State University, Chico (1968) with a degree in philosophy. He studied for his doctorate in philosophy at U.C.L.A. where he was a graduate reader for Nobel Laureate Fredrick von Hayek and personal assistant to Rudolf Carnap, one of the founders of the Vienna Circle of Logical Positivism.
Hilbe secured a position at the University of Hawaii, where he retired as an emeritus professor of philosophy in 1990. During this time he authored several texts dealing with a variety of philosophical disciplines, but was mostly concerned with the epistemological concerns of knowledge and reasoning. In 1988 he earned a doctorate in statistics (applied mathematics, U.C.L.A.) and was hired by the HCFA to develop statistical and data management tools for the study of Medicare data in 1990. Hilbe served as the founding editor of the Stata Technical Bulletin (predecessor to the The Stata Journal) from 1991 to 1993,  for which he developed a variety of statistical software algorithms, including the first generalized linear models program having a negative binomial regression family (1993). He is widely regarded as having popularized negative binomial regression, which is now a well used statistical method for modeling count response data. His 2007 text, Negative Binomial Regression, is the first to specifically address the model and its many variations and enhancements. Hilbe is also credited as having derived a new parameterization of the censored Poisson and censored negative binomial , and showed how the negative binomial model can be derived directly from the exponential family form of the negative binomial probability distribution, and not only, as traditionally conceived, as a Poisson-gamma mixture model. The basic form of this parameterization was termed by Hilbe the canonical negative binomial, or NB-C. He was the first to incorporate the NB-C model into generalized linear models software (1993), and the first to author and publish a full maximum likelihood NB-C (2005).
In 1992 Hilbe was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Statistics in the Department of Sociology at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. In 2007 he changed departmental affiliations and is currently associated with the School of Social and Family Dynamics.  Hilbe is also an instructor with www.statistics.com, a leading web-based continuing education resource for practicing statisticians and researchers.
Aside from statistics, Hilbe served as Director of Research for Transitional Hospitals Corporation (Atlanta), a national chain of long term acute care hospitals (1993-1995), was lead statistician for the National Registry for Myocardial Infarctions (NRMI-2), funded by Genentech Pharmaceuticals (1996,1997), and lead statistician for the Canadian national registry for cardiovascular disease (FASTRAK), funded by Hoffman-La Roche, Canada (1997-1999). He also served as President of Health Outcomes Technologies (Pennsylvania) and as CEO for National Health Economics and Research (Arizona).
In addition, Hilbe has served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Naturalism  since 2004 and is a member of the Planetary Society. Hilbe's long term interest in astronomy and meteorites led to his selection in 2007 as a Solar System Ambassador with NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. In 2008 Hilbe was selected as chair of the International Statistics Institute's astrostatistics interest group, and has since been leading an effort to formalize the group with the aim of enhancing worldwide collaboraton between astrophysists and statisticians.
In 2009 Hilbe, Hilbe received the Distinguished Alumnus award from California State University, Chico. Two years before he was inducted into the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame. He is the only graduate of the university to receive both awards.
A list of books and book chapters authored by Hilbe is listed below.
Known as Joe Hilbe when involved with athletics, Hilbe won the National AAU Pentathlon Championships in 1968 and 1978. He was also listed in the Track & Field News World List rankings in the 100 yards (9.4, 1967) and 400 meters (45.9, 1965). Hilbe served as National Chair for AAU Girl's Junior Olympic Track & Field from 1979-1982, and was Head Women's Track & Field coach at the University of Hawaii from 1979-1985. His foremost athletes were Gwen Loud, 1984 NCAA Division 1 Long Jump Champion (6.72/22'5 3/4") and a member of the U.S. team to the first International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Helsinki, 1983, and Gwen Gardner, second at the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials 400 meters, earning a berth on the Olympic team that boycotted the Moscow Olympic Games. As assistant men's coach at the University of Hawaii (1973-1977), Hilbe coached Terry Albritton, who broke the Shot Put world record (21.85/71'8 1/2") in 1976, and won numerous AAU and NCAA titles. Hilbe was selected to serve as a U.S. team coach and manager during the 1980s for several major competitions in the U.S, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand.
Hilbe was a member of the founding committee that formed the National Track & Field Officials Association in 1977. He was a lead competition official and IAAF technical official at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and was hired by Turner Broadcasting System to serve as Athletics Broadcast Coordinator for the 1990 Goodwill Games held in Seattle, WA. Hilbe is also a 2007 inductee into the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame.