Annotated Readings in the History of Statistics (Relié)

A-W-F Edwards, H-A David

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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.
    • The introduction of the concept of expectation
    • The first formal test of significance
    • Coincidences and the method of inclusion and exclusion
    • The determination of the accuracy of observations
    • The introduction of asymptotic relative efficiency
    • The logistic growth curve
    • Goodness-of-fit statistics
    • The distribution of the sample variance under normality
    • The random walk and its fractal limiting form
    • Estimating a binomial parameter using the likelihood function
    • Yule's paradox ("Simpson's paradox")
    • Beginnings of extreme-value theory
    • The evaluation of tournament outcomes
    • The origin of confidence limits.
  • Date de parution : 10/05/2001
  • Editeur : Springer
  • Collection : perspectives in statistics
  • ISBN : 0-387-98844-0
  • EAN : 9780387988443
  • Présentation : Relié
  • Nb. de pages : 252 pages
  • Poids : 0.5 Kg
  • Dimensions : 16,0 cm × 24,0 cm × 1,8 cm
H.A. David is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Statistics, Iowa State University, and served as Department Head from 1972 to 1984. He was Editor of Biometrics from 1967 to 1972 and President of the Biometric Society from 1982 to 1983. His publications include the books 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 Professor of Biometry at Cambridge University. He was President of the British Region of the Biometric Society from 1992 to 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 Ph.D. and Sc.D. degrees from Cambridge University.

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