Mathematics in the Statistical Society 1883-1933

Aldrich, John (2009) Mathematics in the Statistical Society 1883-1933. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, 30pp. (Discussion Papers in Economics and Econometrics 0919).


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This paper considers the place of mathematical methods based on probability in the work of the London (later Royal) Statistical Society in the half-century 1883-1933. The end-points are chosen because mathematical work started to appear regularly in 1883 and 1933 saw the formation of the Industrial and Agricultural Research Section– to promote these particular applications was to encourage mathematical methods. In the period three movements are distinguished, associated with major figures in the history of mathematical statistics–F. Y. Edgeworth, Karl Pearson and R. A. Fisher. The first two movements were based on the conviction that the use of mathematical methods could transform the way the Society did its traditional work in economic/social statistics while the third movement was associated with an enlargement in the scope of statistics. The study tries to synthesise research based on the Society’s archives with research on the wider history of statistics

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
ISSNs: 0966-4246 (print)
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Keywords: history of statistics, royal statistical society, mathematical methods
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Q Science > QA Mathematics
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 71073
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Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:01

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