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Forrest Young
Biography

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Forrest W. Young, Professor of Psychometrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received his PhD in Psychometrics from the University of Southern California in 1967. He has been on the faculty of UNC-CH ever since.

Prof. Young's early research interests focused on Multidimensional and Nonlinear Multivariate Data Analysis (for which he was elected the President of the Psychometric Society, and received the American Market Research Association's O'Dell award, both in 1981). Via these research interests, Prof. Young became involved in software development early in his career.

Prof. Young has served as a professional consultant on statistical system interface design with SAS Institute, Statistical Sciences (the S-Plus system), and BMDP Inc. He has written or designed data analysis modules for the SAS, SPSS and IMSL systems. He is a member of the American Statistical Association's sections on Computational and Graphical Statistics.

Recently, Prof. Young's research interests have focused on Statistical Visualization, including the development of Guided Tours and SpreadPlots, and on visual methods for guiding novice data analysts through complex data analyses. The latter work combines Prof. Young's knowledge about Psychology, Computer Science and Statistics, since it is based on cognitive-science and artificial-intelligence notions concerning the structuring of the environment in which data analysis occurs.

ViSta, a 10 year long project, incorporates much of Prof. Young's previous research threads into a coherent analysis and visualization environement. ViSta is a freely available, academically-oriented, open and extensible visual statistics system that is useful for teaching introductory and multivariate statistics, for data analysis by statistically naive researchers, and for advanced research and development in graphical and computational statistics. The development of ViSta is nearly finished.