Annotated Readings in the History of Statistics

David, H. A.

Annotated Readings in the History of Statistics by H. A. David, A. W. F. Edwards. - NEw York: Springer, 2001. - 252 p. 23 cm. - Springer Series in Statistics, Perspectives in Statistics, 0172-7397 . - Springer Series in Statistics, Perspectives in Statistics, .

The Introduction of the Concept of Expectation: Comments on Pascal (1654) -- The First Formal Test of Significance: Comments on Arbuthnott (1710) -- Coincidences and the Method of Inclusion and Exclusion: Comments on Montmort (1713), N. Bernoulli (1713), and de Moivre (1718) -- On the Game of Thirteen -- Letter from Nicholas Bernoulli to Montmort on the Game of Thirteen, reproduced in Montmort (1713, p. 301) -- The Doctrine of Chances, Problem XXV -- The Determination of the Accuracy of Observations: Comments on Gauss (1816) -- The Determination of the Accuracy of Observations -- The Introduction of Asymptotic Relative Efficiency: Comments on Laplace (1818) -- On the Probability of Results Deduced by Methods of any Kind from a Large Number of Observations -- The Logistic Growth Curve: Comments on Verhulst (1845) -- Mathematical Investigations on the Law of Population Growth -- Goodness-of-Fit Statistics: The Distributions in Normal Samples of (a) the Sum of Squares About the Population Mean, (b) the Circular Sum of Squares of Successive Differences, and (c) the Circular Serial Correlation Coefficient: Comments on Abbe (1863) -- On the Conformity-to-a-Law of the Distribution of Errors in a Series of Observations -- The Distribution of the Sample Variance Under Normality: Comments on Helmert (1876b) -- The Calculation of the Probable Error from the Squares of the Adjusted Direct Observations of Equal Precision and Fechner's Formula -- The Random Walk and Its Fractal Limiting Form: Comments on Venn (1888) -- Estimating a Binomial Parameter Using the Likelihood Function: Comments on Thiele (1889) -- Yule's Paradox ('Simpson's Paradox'): Comments on Yule (1903) -- Beginnings of Extreme-Value Theory: Comments on Bortkiewicz (1922a) and von Mises (1923) -- Range and Standard Deviation -- On the Range of a Series of Observations -- The Evaluation of Tournament Outcomes: Comments on Zermelo (1929) -- The Evaluation of Tournament Results as a Maximization Problem in Probability Theory -- The Origin of Confidence Limits: Comments on Fisher (1930) -- Appendix A. English Translations of Papers and Book Extracts of Historical Interest -- Appendix B. First (?) Occurrence of Common Terms in Statistics and Probability -- Name Index. TOC

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Interest in the his tory of statistics has grown substantially in recent years and the subject is now covered by a number of excellent books. S. M. Stigler's The History of Statistics (19S6) gives an overview up to 1900 while Anders Hald's two encyclopedic volumes A History of Probability and Statistics before 1750 and A History of Mathematical Statistics f'T'Om 1750 to 1930, published in 1990 and 1995, provide detailed mathematical discussion of the major contributions up to 1930. Hald's books have re moved Isaac Todhunter's A History of Probability from the pedestal which it occupied for a century and a quarter and rendered Karl Pearson's Lec ture Notes of mainly historical interest themselves. Journal papers have appeared on specific topics, especially in the series "Studies in the History of Probability and Statistics" in Biometrika and in the long sequence of papers in Archive for the History of the Exact Sciences by O. Sheynin. The two volumes of reprinted papers, mostly from Biometrika, issued in 1970 and 1977 have proved particularly valuable. More recently, many important papers published since 1900 have been reprinted with commentaries in the three-volume Breakth'T'Oughs in Statistics (1992-1997). Stigler's Statistics on the Table (1999) provides illuminating vignettes. In addition, specialized books have appeared on particular topics, such as A. I. Dale's A History of Inverse P'T'Obability (1991, 1999) and R. W. Fare brother's Fitting Linear Relationships (199S). The pioneering book on the early period, F. N.

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Mathematical statistics.
Statistical Theory and Methods.
Statistics, general.


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