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st: Ana Timberlake obituary

From   Ronan Conroy <>
To   "statalist hsphsun2. harvard. edu" <>
Subject   st: Ana Timberlake obituary
Date   Mon, 1 Mar 2010 14:20:06 +0000

There is a moving tributary to Ana Timberlake, founder of Timberlake Consultants, the UK distributors of Stata, in the Guardian. It is a measure of the esteem and affection in which she was held by so many people that her obituary appeared in a national newspaper.

One of her own pieces of research was the re-analysis of the results of Robert Borkenstein's 1964 Grand Rapids study, upon which the British breathalyser test had been based in the mid-1960s. The original data had not been statistically adjusted and earlier analysis had suggested that driving improved with the intake of a small amount of alcohol. However, after Ana had standardised the data (for weather, vehicle age, driving experience, and so on), it became clear (much to the chagrin of the brewers) that alcohol intake did indeed make driving capability progressively worse. [description from the Guardian piece}

Those of us who met her will remember her fondly, and I am sure that our thoughts are with her family at this time.

Ronan Conroy
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