Tim Hesterberg bio sketch
Dr. Tim Hesterberg is a Staff Data Scientist at Instacart. He used to
be a Senior Data Scientist at Google. That means old. He earlier
attempted jobs at an electric utility, in academia, and in software;
at least he can drive a forklift. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics
from Stanford University, where he played a lot of volleyball, got his
B.A. in Math from St. Olaf College, where he proved he can't sing, and
claims he studied two years in Germany, but has nothing to show for it.
He wrote Mathematical Statistics with Resampling and R, Wiley (2011)
with Laura Chihara of Carleton College, and got her to do most of the
work. It wasn't good enough, so they tried again in 2018.
He exploited two college students and a high school teacher to
write book chapters for teaching intro stats using resampling, then
added David Moore as a co-author so people would think it was worth
reading. He can't seem to stick to one thing; he's also written about
streams and earthquakes, electric demand forecasting, web traffic,
clinical trials, display ads, computer vision, and spiders walking
He's a high muckety-muck for Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute
and the Interface Foundation (Interface between Statistical
Sciences and Computing). He helped write the ASA Guidelines for
Undergraduate Statistics Programs, so he could tell teachers how to
He was used as an example in "How to Give a Really Awful Presentation".
He runs or bikes to work. When he drives the accident rate in
Seattle skyrockets. He broke his toe at a Math contest.
He is a tree hugger, teaches kids to shoot rockets, make kerosene
torches and set rafts on fire, and has herded cats - I mean chaperoned
high school students - to set up computer labs in Guatemala, Ecuador,
and Costa Rica.