Annotated Readings in the History of Statistics

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2001 M04 6 - 252 páginas
This book provides a selection of pioneering papers or extracts ranging from Pascal (1654) to R.A. Fisher (1930). The authors' annotations put the articles in perspective for the modern reader. A special feature of the book is the large number of translations, nearly all made by the authors. The selected articles vary considerably in difficulty, some requiring only a basic understanding of statistical concepts, whereas others surprise by their early sophistication in "classical" statistics.There are several reasons for studying the history of statistics: intrinsic interest in how the field of statistics developed, learning from often brilliant ideas and not reinventing the wheel, and livening up general courses in statistics by reference to important contributors.Herbert A. David is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Statistics, Iowa State University and served as Department Head from 1972 to 184. He was Editor of Biometric from 1967 to 1972 and President of Biometric Society for 1982-1983. His publications include books on Order Statistics (Wiley 1970, 1981) and The Method of Paired Comparisons (Griffin 1963, 1988). Apart from articles in these two areas he has written on statistical inference, experimental designs, competing risks, and the history of statistics. He received a Ph.D. in statistics from University College London in 1953.A.W.F. Edwards is Reader in Biometry in the University of Cambridge. He was President of the British Region of the Biometric Society in 1992-1994 and is Chairman of the Christiaan Huygens Committee for the History of Statistics of the International Statistical Institute. His publications include the books Likelihood (Cambridge University Press 1972, Johns Hopkins University Press 1992), Foundations of Mathematical Genetics (Cambridge University Press 1977, 2000), and Pascal's Arithmetical Triangle (Griffin 1987). He holds the degrees of Ph.D. and Sc.D. from Cambridge University.
 

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Comments on Pascal 1654
1
Comments on Arbuthnott 1710
7
Comments on Montmort 1713 N Bernoulli 1713 and de Moivre 1718
19
On the Game of Thirteen
25
Letter from Nicholas Bernoulli to Montmort on the Game of Thirteen reproduced in Montmort 1713 p 301
31
The DOCTRINE of CHANCES
32
Comments on Gauss 1816
37
The Determination of the Accuracy of Observations
41
The Calculation of the Probable Error from the Squares of the Adjusted Direct Observations of Equal Precision and Fechners Formula
109
Comments on Venn 1888
115
Comments on Thiele 1889
129
Comments on Yule 1903
137
Comments on Bortkiewicz 1922a and von Mises 1923
145
Range and Standard Deviation
151
On the Range of a Series of Observations
155
Comments on Zermelo 1929
161

Comments on Laplace 1818
51
On the Probability of Results Deduced by Methods of any Kind from a Large Number of Observations
57
Comments on Verhulst 1845
65
Mathematical Investigations on the Law of Population Growth
69
GoodnessofFit Statistics Comments on Abbe 1863
77
On the ConformitytoaLaw of the Distribution of Errors in a Series of Observations
81
Comments on Helmert 1876b
103
The Evaluation of Tournament Results as a Maximization Problem in Probability Theory
167
Comments on Fisher 1930
187
English Translations of Papers and Book Extracts of Historical Interest
203
First ? Occurrence of Common Terms in Statistics and Probability
209
Subject Index
247
Name Index
251
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