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Morris Herman DeGroot (June 8, 1931 – November 2, 1989) was an American statistician. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, DeGroot graduated from Roosevelt University and earned master's and doctor's degrees from the University of Chicago. DeGroot joined Carnegie Mellon in 1957 and became a University Professor, the school's highest faculty position.

He wrote three books, edited four volumes and authored over one hundred papers. Most of his research was on the theory of rational decision-making under uncertainty. His Optimal Statistical Decisions, published in 1970, is still recognized as one of the great books in the field. His undergraduate text, Probability and Statistics, published in 1975, is widely recognized as a classic textbook.

DeGroot was elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the International Statistical Institute, the Econometric Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He was the founding editor of the review journal Statistical Science.

See also


  • "Biography of Morris H. DeGroot", Statistical Science, Vol. 6, No. 1. (Feb., 1991), pp. 3-14.
  • "Morris DeGroot, 58, A Statistics Professor, Obituary, New York Times, November 3, 1989.
  • Morris H. DeGroot and Mark J. Schervish (2002). Probability and Statistics (third ed.). Addison-Wesley. ISBN 9780201524888. 
  • DeGroot, Morris H., Optimal Statistical Decisions. Wiley Classics Library. 2004. (Originally published (1970) by McGraw-Hill.) ISBN 0-471-68029-X.
  • Morris H. DeGroot and Richard M. Cyert (1987). Bayesian Analysis and Uncertainty in Economic Theory. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9780847674718. 


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