The Language of the English Biometric School

Aldrich, John (2003) The Language of the English Biometric School. International Statistical Review, 71, (1), 109-129.


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This paper considers the language devised by Karl Pearson and his associates for discussing distributions, populations and samples, the basic language for frequentist inference. The original language-some of which is still in use-is described and also the changes it underwent under the influence of R.A. Fisher and of Russian and American mathematicians. The period covered is roughly 1890-1950.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0306-7734 (print)
Keywords: statistical notation, karl pearson, r.a. fisher
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 33375
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Date Deposited: 16 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:59

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