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Statistics on the Table

The History of Statistical Concepts and Methods

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674009790

Publication Date: 09/30/2002


504 pages

5-7/8 x 8-15/16 inches

24 line illustrations, 34 tables


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • I. Statistics and Social Science
    • 1. Karl Pearson and the Cambridge Economists
    • 2. The Average Man Is 168 Years Old
    • 3. Jevons as Statistician
    • 4. Jevons on the King-Davenant Law of Demand
    • 5. Francis Ysidro Edgeworth, Statistician
  • II. Galtonian Ideas
    • 6. Galton and Identification by Fingerprints
    • 7. Stochastic Simulation in the Nineteenth Century
    • 8. The History of Statistics in 1933
    • 9. Regression toward the Mean
    • 10. Statistical Concepts in Psychology
  • III. Some Seventeenth-Century Explorers
    • 11. Apollo Mathematicus
    • 12. The Dark Ages of Probability
    • 13. John Craig and the Probability of History
  • IV. Questions of Discovery
    • 14. Stigler’s Law of Eponymy
    • 15. Who Discovered Bayes’s Theorem?
    • 16. Daniel Bernoulli, Leonhard Euler, and Maximum Likelihood
    • 17. Gauss and the Invention of Least Squares
    • 18. Cauchy and the Witch of Agnesi
    • 19. Karl Pearson and Degrees of Freedom
  • V. Questions of Standards
    • 20. Statistics and Standards
    • 21. The Trial of the Pyx
    • 22. Normative Terminology [with W. H. Kruskal]
  • References
  • Credits
  • Index

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