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Morris Hansen was one of the most innovative and influential statisticians of the 20th century. He helped pioneer the work of sampling techniques and the use of the total survey error perspective in designing surveys. He also developed quality control procedures for surveys that helped legitimize the accuracy of survey research. He attended the University of Wyoming (B.S.) and American University (M.S.) and had a long career at the U.S. Census Bureau and Westat, until his death in 1990.

Morris Hansen was born in Thermopolis, Wyoming, in 1910 and spent his formative years in Worland, Wyoming. He earned a B.S. in accounting from the University of Wyoming in 1934. After graduation he started his career at the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, D.C. Fascinated by statistics ...

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