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Arnold Barnett is the George Eastman Professor of Management Science and a Professor of Statistics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

His research specialty is applied mathematical modeling with a focus on problems of health and safety. Barnett’s early work on homicide was presented to President Gerald Ford at the White House, and his analysis of U.S. casualties in Vietnam was the subject of a column by William F. Buckley.

Barnett has written op-ed pieces for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, CNN Opinion, the Charlotte Observer, and USA Today. He received the President’s Award and the Expository Writing Award from INFORMS in 1996 and in 2001, and is a Fellow of INFORMS. Cited as “the nation’s leading expert on aviation safety,” Barnett was recognized with the 2002 President’s Citation from the Flight Safety Foundation for “truly outstanding contributions on behalf of safety.” MIT Sloan students have honored him on 14 occasions for outstanding teaching.

Barnett holds a BA in mathematics from Columbia College and a PhD in mathematics from MIT. 

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Barnett wins Jamieson Prize

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"A Cure for the Electoral College?"

Barnett, Arnold I. and Edward H. Kaplan. Chance, April 2007.

"A New Approach to Estimating the Probability of Winning the Presidency."

Kaplan, Edward H. and Arnold I. Barnett. Operations Research Vol. 51, No. 1 (2003): 32-40.

"A Parallel Approach Path for Estimating Collision Risk During Simultaneous Landings."

Barnett, Arnold I. Management Science Vol. 45, No. 3 (1999): 382-394.

"A Prospective Test of a Criminal Careers Model."

Barnett, Arnold I., Alfred Blumstein and David P. Farrington. Criminology Vol. 27, No. 2 (1989): 373-388.

"A Quartile Test for Differences in Distribution."

Barnett, Arnold I. and Ellen Eisen. Journal of the American Statistical Association Vol. 77, No. 377 (1982): 44-51.

"A Simple Fix for Gerrymandering?"

Barnett, Arnold, Pengchen Han, and Gege Zhang. Chance, February 2022.

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Latin America Office to host webinar on election polling

The recent U.S. presidential elections have led to debates about the effectiveness of pollsters and the Electoral College. Prof. Arnold Barnett will explore this topic and share his recommendations.

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Empty middle seats make flying safer during COVID-19

How safe is flying during the COVID-19 pandemic? A study shows the risk of getting sick on a flight is higher when all seats are filled.

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