Howard Wainer

Distinguished Research Scientist, National Board of Medical Examiners

Wainer, Howard

Howard Wainer is an Adjunct Professor of Statistics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has a long-standing interest in the use of graphical methods for data analysis and communication, robust statistical methodology, and the development and application of generalizations of item response theory. His work on testlet response theory combined all three and earned him the 2006 National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) Award for Scientific Contribution to a Field of Educational Measurement. He has published numerous books, including Picturing the Uncertain World (2009), Uneducated Guesses (2011) and Medical Illuminations (2014).

Wainer served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, a period at the Bureau of Social Science Research during the Carter administration, and 21 years as Principal Research Scientist in the Research Statistics Group at Educational Testing Service. He received a PhD from Princeton University in 1968. He is a Fellow in the American Statistical Association and the American Educational Research Association, and he has received many accolades, including the Educational Testing Service’s Senior Scientist Award, the Lady Davis Prize and the NCME Award for Career Contributions to Educational Measurement.

Wainer has been editor or associate editor of several scientific magazines, such as the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, Journal of the American Statistical Association, and Applied Psychological Measurement. He has written a popular column on data visualization in the statistics magazine Chance since 1990.

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