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February, 1987 Guinness, Gosset, Fisher, and Small Samples
Joan Fisher Box
Statist. Sci. 2(1): 45-52 (February, 1987). DOI: 10.1214/ss/1177013437


The environment in which W. S. Gosset (Student) worked as a brewer at Guinness' Brewery at the turn of the century is described fully enough to show how it forced him to confront problems of small sample statistics, using the techniques he picked up from Karl Pearson. R. A. Fisher's interest in human genetics prompted biometrical applications of his mathematical training even as an undergraduate. As soon as he considered Student's work, he perceived its importance and began to extend its applications. Consequently, when he started work at Rothamsted Experimental Station in 1919, he was ready to respond to the experimental problems by developing statistical theory along with appropriate methods of experimental analysis and design.


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Joan Fisher Box. "Guinness, Gosset, Fisher, and Small Samples." Statist. Sci. 2 (1) 45 - 52, February, 1987.


Published: February, 1987
First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

zbMATH: 0622.62001
MathSciNet: MR896258
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/ss/1177013437

Keywords: Analysis of variance , Correlation , Fisher , Gosset , small samples , Student's $t$

Rights: Copyright © 1987 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

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