ContributorTimeContributionJohn Graunt 1620-167417thCenturyStudied records of deaths in London in the early sixteen hundreds. The first to make extensive statistical observations from massive amounts of data. His work laid the foundation for modern statistics.Blasé Pascal 1632-1692, Pierre Fermat 1601-169517thcenturyPascal and Fermat corresponded about basic probability problems, especially those dealing with gaming and gambling.Pierre Laplace 1749-182718thcenturyStudied probability and is credited with putting probability on a sure, mathematical footing. Carl Gauss 1777-185518thcenturyStudied regression and the method of least squares through astronomy. In his honor, the normal distribution is sometimes called the Gaussian distribution.Lambert Quetelet 1796-187419thcenturyUsed descriptive statistics to analyze crime and mortality data and studied census techniques. Described normal distributions in connection with human traits such as height.
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