Professor David Firth

Statistical theory, modelling, methods and computation; applications in health and social research

Elected 2008

2008
Sociology

David Firth is a statistical methodologist interested in applications to social science and many other areas ranging from animal behaviour to bibliometrics to sports. He is currently Professor of Statistics at the University of Warwick. He was previously Professor of Social Statistics at the University of Oxford, and has held academic positions also at Southampton, Imperial College London, and the University of Texas at Austin. In 2012 he was awarded the Guy Medal in Silver by the Royal Statistical Society, for innovative research in statistical methodology. His research includes the development of novel exit-polling methods that have been highly successful at UK General Elections since 2001, by broadcasters BBC, ITV and Sky. He has been instrumental in founding some major graduate-education initiatives, including the ESRC Oxford Spring School for Quantitative Methods in Social Research, the Leverhulme-Warwick 'Bridges' Doctoral Scholarships Programme, and the UK-wide EPSRC Academy for PhD Training in Statistics. He has served on many committees including the ESRC Research Grants Board, the National Statistics Methodology Advisory Committee, and the Royal Statistical Society Research Section (including two stints as its Chair, and four years as Editor of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society).

Current post

Professor of Statistics, University of Warwick

Past appointments

Royal Statistical Society Chair, Research Section

Jan 2009 -

University of Warwick Professor of Statistics, University of Warwick

Jan 2003 -

University of Warwick Professor of Statistics, University of Warwick

Jan 2003 -

Royal Statistical Society Chair, Research Section

Jan 2001 - Jan 2003

Royal Statistical Society Editor, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society B

Jan 1998 - Jan 2001

University of Oxford Professor of Social Statistics

Jan 1993 - Jan 2003

Imperial College of Science and Technology University of London

Jan 1986 - Jan 1987

Publications

Statistical Modelling of Citation Exchange Between Statistics Journals (with discussion). Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A Vol 179, 2016

Bias Reduction of Maximum Likelihood Estimates Biometrika 80, 27-38 1993

Robust Models in Probability Sampling (with discussion) Journal of the Royal Statistical Society B, 60 3-21 and 41-56 (Co-author: K E Bennett) 1998

Exit Polling in a Cold Climate: The BBC/ITV Experience in Britain in 2005 (with discussion) Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A, 171, 509-839 (Co-author: J Curtice) 2008

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