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Contributor
Time
Contribution
John Graunt 16201674
17
th
Century
Studied records of deaths in London in the
early sixteen hundreds. The first to make
massive amounts of data. His work laid the
foundation for modern statistics.
Blasé Pascal 16321692,
Pierre Fermat 16011695
17
th
century
Pascal and Fermat corresponded about
basic probability problems, especially those
dealing with gaming and gambling.
Pierre Laplace 17491827
18
th
century
Studied probability and is credited with
putting probability on a sure,
mathematical footing.
Carl Gauss 17771855
18
th
century
Studied regression and the method of least
squares through astronomy. In his honor,
the normal distribution is sometimes called
the Gaussian distribution.
Lambert Quetelet 17961874
19
th
century
Used descriptive statistics to analyze crime
and mortality data and studied census
techniques. Described normal distributions
in connection with human traits such as
height.
Francis Galton 18221911
19
th
century
Used regression and correlation to study
genetic variation in humans. He is credited
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This note was uploaded on 05/17/2011 for the course ALGEBRA 098 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '09 term at Grand Valley State.
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 Algebra

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