Statistical Science

Francis Galton's Account of the Invention of Correlation

Stephen M. Stigler

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Abstract

Francis Galton's invention of correlation dates from late in the year 1888, and it arose when he recognized a common thread in three different scientific problems he was studying. Galton's own 1890 account of the moment of discovery is discussed and contrasted with Karl Pearson's widely known association of correlation with a retreat into a recess at Naworth Castle. The circumstances that led Galton to write the account are reviewed.

Article information

Source
Statist. Sci. Volume 4, Number 2 (1989), 73-79.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1177012580

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/ss/1177012580

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR1007556

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
0955.01506

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links.jstor.org

Keywords
Correlation Galton Pearson regression

Citation

Stigler, Stephen M. Francis Galton's Account of the Invention of Correlation. Statist. Sci. 4 (1989), no. 2, 73--79. doi:10.1214/ss/1177012580. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1177012580


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