The History Of Statistics: The Measurement Of Uncertainty Before 1900

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The History of Statistics: The Measurement of Uncertainty before 1900

The History of Statistics: The Measurement of Uncertainty before 1900

Stephen M. Stigler shows how statistics arose from the interplay of mathematical concepts and the needs of several applied sciences including astronomy, geodesy, experimental psychology, genetics, and sociology. He addresses many intriguing questions: How did scientists learn to combine measurements made under different conditions? And how were they led to use probability theory to measure the accuracy of the result? Why were statistical methods used successfully in astronomy long before they began to play a significant role in the social sciences? How could the introduction of least squares predate the discovery of regression by more than eighty years? On what grounds can the major works of men such as Bernoulli, De Moivre, Bayes, Quetelet, and Lexis be considered partial failures, while those of Laplace, Galton, Edgeworth, Pearson, and Yule are counted as successes? How did Galton's probability machine (the quincunx) provide him with the key to the major advance of the last half of the nineteenth century?

Specification of The History of Statistics: The Measurement of Uncertainty before 1900

GENERAL
AuthorStephen M. Stigler
BindingHardcover
LanguageEnglish
Edition
ISBN-100674403401
ISBN-139780674403406
PublisherBelknap Press
Publication Year1986
DIMENSIONS
Height6.75 inch.
Length1.5 inch.
Width9.5 inch.
Weight1.75 pounds.

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