The statistical education of Harold Jeffreys

Aldrich, John (2005) The statistical education of Harold Jeffreys. International Statistical Review., 73, (3), 289-307.


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The paper considers the statistical work of the physicist Harold Jeffreys. In 1933-4 Jeffreys had a controversy with R.A. Fisher, the leading statistician of the time. Prior to the encounter, Jeffreys had worked on probability as the basis for scientific inference and had used methods from the theory of errors in astronomy and seismology. He had also started to rework the theory of errors on the basis of his theory of probability. After the encounter Jeffreys produced a full-scale Bayesian treatment of statistics in the form of his Theory of Probability.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0306-7734 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 34873
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 December 2005Published
Date Deposited: 17 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:02

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