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Kolmogorov, Andrey Nikolayevich

  1. Yurii Suhov

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470011815.b2a17084

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

How to Cite

Suhov, Y. 2005. Kolmogorov, Andrey Nikolayevich. Encyclopedia of Biostatistics. 4.

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  1. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


Kolmogorov (1903–1987), who worked in the Moscow State University, was one of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century. In probability theory, which was merely one of his fields of study, he introduced axioms and clarified various basic concepts. In statistics, he introduced the Kolmogorov–Smirnov statistic for testing goodness of fit, and worked on problems in estimation theory. His work in population genetics involved stochastic processes.


  • axioms;
  • probability;
  • estimation;
  • Smirnov;
  • goodness of fit;
  • stochastic process;
  • branching process;
  • genetics