History of Statistics

History of Statistics - Contributor John Graunt 1620-1674...

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Contributor Time Contribution John Graunt 1620-1674 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 1632-1692, Pierre Fermat 1601-1695 17 th century Pascal and Fermat corresponded about basic probability problems, especially those dealing with gaming and gambling. Pierre Laplace 1749-1827 18 th century Studied probability and is credited with putting probability on a sure, mathematical footing. Carl Gauss 1777-1855 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 1796-1874 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 1822-1911 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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