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Mari Soekõrv Palta is a Swedish biostatistician, known for her research on sleep apnea. She is a professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences and the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, vice-chair of Population Health Sciences, and director of graduate studies.[1] She is the author of Quantitative Methods in Population Health: Extensions of Ordinary Regression (Wiley, 2003).[2]

Palta studied mathematics, physics, and English at Lund University. After earning a master's degree in mathematics at the University of Minnesota, she remained at Minnesota for a PhD in biostatistics (1977) and postdoctoral work in epidemiology.[1] Her doctoral dissertation, supervised by Richard McHugh, was Sample Size Determination for Clinical Trials.[3] She taught at the University of Iowa from 1979 until 1982, when she joined the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a research scientist. She became a faculty member at Wisconsin in 1987.[1]

Palta was president of the Caucus for Women in Statistics for 2002, and chaired the Committee on Women in Statistics of the American Statistical Association from 2008 to 2010.[1]

She has been a fellow of the American Statistical Association since 2004.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Mari Palta, PhD, University of Wisconsin Department of Population Health Sciences, retrieved 2017-10-23
  2. ^ Hade, Erinn M., "Quantitative Methods in Population Health: Extensions of Ordinary Regression", Journal of the American Statistical Association, 100 (470): 704–705, doi:10.1198/jasa.2005.s18, JSTOR 27590591
  3. ^ Mari Palta at the Mathematics Genealogy Project