Currently Professor Emeritus, Measurement and Evaluation Program, OISE/UT,
University of Toronto.
Born in Sapporo, Japan.
Studied experimental psychology
at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan (BA, MA) under
the guidance of Professors Yuki, Toda, Umeoka, Oyama, Takada,Nozawa,
Sugiyama, Teranishi, Ohguro, Takenaka, and Teraoka.
with major psychometrics and minor mathematics, at the
University of North Carolina (Ph.D.). Ph.D. thesis
"Minimum entropy clustering of test items" (Supervisor Prof. R. Darrell
Bock; Examination Committee Lyle V. Jones, John A. Radcliffe, William
H. Wynn from the Psychometric Laboratory, and Carl M. Cochrane,
Robert L. Davis and Dale M. Mesner from the Department of Mathematics), which
was based on a loglinear model for binary variables to
yield an estimate of entropy for the purpose of clustering them.
At the University of North Carolina, courses taken were taught by Professors Jones,
Bock, Shuford, Kaiser, Adkins Woods, King, Welsh, McCurdy, and Fillenbaum in
Professors Hotelling, Bhapkar and Chakravarti in statistics,
Professors Davis, Cramer, Mackie, Watkins and Whitten in mathematics,
and a series of seminars by Professors M. Toda and G. Ekman.
A Fullbright exchange student and research assistant at the
Psychometric Laboratory, together with such friends as
David Messick, Raymond Wiesen, Larry Gordon, Betsy Abbe, Steve Zyzanski, Nancy Cole, James Kahan,
Doug Speigel, Ed Johnson, Ed Massengill, Jun-ichi Nakahara, Hideaki Ohta, Dick Singleton, Karen Hillix, Kristin Kelman,
Judith Noel, Tim Smith, Peter Schonemann, Das Gupta, B.N. Mukherjee, Eddy Young, and Reid Creech.
As required by the Fullbright
Commission's regulations, left the US after Ph.D., and obtained first job
as Research Associate in the Department of Psychology, McGill University,
Montreal, Canada, under research grants to Prof. Dalbir Bindra and Prof. Wally
Lambert; also appointed as a statistics consultant in the Department
of Psychiatry, McGill University, the main contact being Prof. Stephanie
After 18 months at McGill University, followed Prof. Ross E.
Traub (formerly at McGill) to the newly established Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in
1967, with the membership in the Graduate Department of Educational
Theory, University of Toronto. Associate Chair of the Department
of Measurement and Evaluation (1970-71) and then Chairman (1971-76). Promoted
to Associate Professor from Assistant Professor in 1969, and then to
Professor in 1975. Colleagues in the same department include Professors Alvi, Avital, the late Bhargava, Burrill, Childs, Churchill, Cohen, D'Oyley,
Ellis, Evans, Even,
Finn, the late Fleming, Hanna, the late Horn,
the late Khan, Lam, Logan, McDonald, L.D.McLean, B.S. McLean, Nagy,
Olivier, Padro, Preston, Roberts, Rothman, Rubincam, Russell, Ryan,
Tracz, Traub, Wahlstrom, Weiss, and Wolfe.
Research on Dual Scaling started in 1969, and has continued to date. Editor of Psychometrika from
April 1992 to June 1995 and President of the Psychometric Society
from 1995-96. In June 1996, organized the Annual Meeting of the
Psychometric Society at the Banff Centre for Conferences, Banff, Alberta,
Canada. Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association
for lifetime "contributions to the theory and applications of nonlinear multivariate analysis, especially
dual scaling, and the psychometrics profession" in 1998. Voted for the
"Distinguished Alumnus for 2000-2001" by the University of North Carolina
Psychology Alumni Association, and presented an Award for Life-Time Achievement
by the Behaviormetric Society of Japan, September 2001.
Nishisato, S. (2007) Insight into Data Analysis: Reason for
Existence of Quantification. Nishinomiya: Kwansei Gakuin University Press (in Japanese)
Nishisato, S. (2007; published in July 2006). Multidimensional Nonlinear Descriptive Analysis.
Boca Raton: Chapman and Hall/CRC.
Nishisato, S., Baba, Y., Bozdogan, H., Kanefuji, K (eds.)(2002)
Measurement and Multivariate Analysis. Springer-Verlag.
Nishisato, S. (1994) Elements of Dual Scaling: An Introduction to Practical
Data Analysis. Lawrence-Erlbaum.
Nishisato, S. & Nishisato, I. (1994). Dual Scaling in a Nutshell.
Nishisato, S. (1980). Analysis of Categorical Data: Dual Scaling and
Its Applications. University of Toronto Press.
Nishisato, S. & Nishisato, I. (1984). An Introduction to Dual Scaling.
Nishisato, S. (1982). Quantification of Qualitative Data. Asakura
Shoten ( in Japansese)
Nishisato, S. (1975). Applied Psychological Scaling. Seishin
Shobo ( in Japanese).
In Toronto, the following students successfully completed under my supervision their
Doctor of Philosopy (Ph.D.):
Teong-Poh Lim, Thomas P. Howley, Robert E. DeVries, Alfred Cieply, Colin Woodrow, Elmer Haug, Cliff Carboneau, Hyung Ahn (Im), Deborah Day, Marc E. Gessaroli, Stuart Halpine, Daniel R. Lawrence,
Oscar Millones, Wen-Jenn Sheu, Liqun Xu, Maurice Odondi, Charles Mayenga,
David Hemsworth and Keanre B. Eouanzoui.
Master of Arts (M.A.):
Diana Chan, Thomas P. Howley, Douglas Shale, Heather M. Chipuer, Sara J. Neil, Lindsay Gibson, Yukio Inukai,
Maria Svoboda, Wang-Pui Poon, John Sachs, Romilla Gupta, Gail Somer, Margaret Willett, and Kathryn I. Parker.
Visiting Professor at the Institute of Decision Theory and Business
Research, the University of Karlsruhe
(Host Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gaul, Germany, 1987), Department of Psychology,
Doshisha University (Host Prof. Hirotsugu Yamauchi, Japan, 1997),
the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (Host Prof. Yasumasa Baba,
Japan, 1998), School of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University (Host Prof.
Takehiro Fujihara, Japan, 2001),School of Business Management, Kwansei
Gakuin University (Host Prof. Masao Nakanishi, Japan, 2002),
Department of Psychology, Kwansei Gakuin University (Host Prof. Akihiro Yagi, 2003, 2005, 2006),
Departments of Sociology and Psychology, Doshisha University (Hosts Prof.
Shigeo Tatsuki, Prof. Hirotsugu Yamauchi, 2004).
Conference on Measurment and Multivariate
Analysis (ICMMA) and Dual Scaling Workshop was organized by Shizuhiko Nishisato and Yasumasa
Baba (Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Japan) in May 10-14, 2000, at the
Banff Centre for Conferences, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
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