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Statistics on the table : the history of statistical concepts and methods

Author: Stephen M Stigler
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This collection of essays examines in witty detail the history of some of the concepts involved in bringing statistical argument "to the table" and some of the pitfalls that have been encountered. The title essay tells how the statistician Karl Pearson came to issue the challenge to put "statistics on the table" to the economists Marshall, Keynes, and Pigou in 1911. The 1911 dispute involved the effect of parental  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen M Stigler
ISBN: 0674836014 9780674836013
OCLC Number: 40698580
Description: ix, 488 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Karl Pearson and the Cambridge economists --
The average man is 168 years old --
Jevons as statistician --
Jevons on the King-Davenant Law of Demand --
Francis Ysidro Edgeworth, statistician --
Galton and identification by fingerprints --
Stochastic simulation in the nineteenth century --
The history of statistics in 1933 --
Regression toward the mean --
Statistical concepts in psychology --
Apollo Mathematicus --
The dark ages of probability --
John Craig and the probability of history --
Stigler's law of eponymy --
Who discovered Bayes's Theorum? --
Daniel Bernoulli, Leonhard Euler, and maximum likelihood --
Gauss and the invention of least squares --
Cauchy and the witch of Agnesi --
Karl Pearson and degrees of freedom --
Statistics and standards --
The trial of the Pyx --
Normative terminology / with W.H. Kruskal.
Responsibility: Stephen M. Stigler.

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"This collection of essays examines in witty detail the history of some of the concepts involved in bringing statistical argument "to the table" and some of the pitfalls that have been encountered. The title essay tells how the statistician Karl Pearson came to issue the challenge to put "statistics on the table" to the economists Marshall, Keynes, and Pigou in 1911. The 1911 dispute involved the effect of parental alcoholism upon children, but the challenge is general and timeless: important arguments require evidence, and quantitative evidence requires statistical evaluation."--Jacket.

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