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The Language of the English Biometric School

John Aldrich

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This paper considers the language devised by Karl Pearson and his associates for discussing distributions, populations and samples, the basic language for frequentist inference. The original language-some of which is still in use-is described and also the changes it underwent under the influence of R.A. Fisher and of Russian and American mathematicians. The period covered is roughly 1890-1950.

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Internat. Statist. Rev., Volume 71, Number 1 (2003), 109-129.

First available in Project Euclid: 17 March 2004

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Aldrich, John. The Language of the English Biometric School. Internat. Statist. Rev. 71 (2003), no. 1, 109--129.

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