The statistical education of Harold Jeffreys. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, 51pp.
(Discussion Papers in Economics and Econometrics, 0309).
The paper considers the statistical work of the applied mathematician Harold Jeffreys. In 1933-4 Jeffreys had a controversy with R. A. Fisher, the leading statistician of the time. Before this encounter Jeffreys had been developing probability as the basis for scientific inference and using the theory of errors to astronomy and seismology; he was also starting to rework the theory of errors. After the encounter came the Theory of Probability, a full-scale treatment of Bayesian statistics.
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