Sankhya: The Indian Journal of Statistics

1993, Volume 55, Series A, Pt. 3, 331--349

STATISTICS MUST HAVE A PURPOSE: THE MAHALANOBIS DICTUM

By

C. RADHAKRISHNA RAO, The Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A

 

SUMMARY. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis is one of the pioneers who laid the foundations of statistics as a separate discipline. His main contributions to statistical theory and applications are multivariate methods in taxonomy (Mahalanobis distance), optimum design of large scale sample surveys, and the use of econometric models in planning in planning. He was the founder of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), which is internationally recognised for its educational and interdisciplinary research programs. He was also responsible for organising and developing the Indian national statistical system which is considered to be one of the best in the world. He considered statistics as a new technology of the present should be collected in a planned manner keeping the purpose in view.

Subject classification. 01A70,62-03,62H99

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