Statistical Science

Karl Pearson’s Theoretical Errors and the Advances They Inspired

Stephen M. Stigler

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Abstract

Karl Pearson played an enormous role in determining the content and organization of statistical research in his day, through his research, his teaching, his establishment of laboratories, and his initiation of a vast publishing program. His technical contributions had initially and continue today to have a profound impact upon the work of both applied and theoretical statisticians, partly through their inadequately acknowledged influence upon Ronald A. Fisher. Particular attention is drawn to two of Pearson’s major errors that nonetheless have left a positive and lasting impression upon the statistical world.

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Source
Statist. Sci. Volume 23, Number 2 (2008), 261-271.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 21 August 2008

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https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1219339117

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/08-STS256

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR2446501

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1327.62013

Keywords
Karl Pearson R. A. Fisher Chi-square test degrees of freedom parametric inference history of statistics

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Stigler, Stephen M. Karl Pearson’s Theoretical Errors and the Advances They Inspired. Statist. Sci. 23 (2008), no. 2, 261--271. doi:10.1214/08-STS256. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1219339117


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