Statistical Science

Laplace's 1774 Memoir on Inverse Probability

Stephen M. Stigler

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Abstract

Laplace's first major article on mathematical statistics was published in 1774. It is arguably the most influential article in this field to appear before 1800, being the first widely read presentation of inverse probability and its application to both binomial and location parameter estimation. After a brief introduction, and English translation of this epochal memoir is given.

Article information

Source
Statist. Sci., Volume 1, Number 3 (1986), 359-363.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1177013620

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/ss/1177013620

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR858515

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
0955.01503

JSTOR
links.jstor.org

Keywords
History Bayesian posterior distribution predictive distribution optimum estimation nuisance parameter double exponential distribution

Citation

Stigler, Stephen M. Laplace's 1774 Memoir on Inverse Probability. Statist. Sci. 1 (1986), no. 3, 359--363. doi:10.1214/ss/1177013620. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1177013620


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