Darwin, Galton and the Statistical Enlightenment

  title={Darwin, Galton and the Statistical Enlightenment},
  author={Stephen M. Stigler},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society)},
  • S. Stigler
  • Published 14 May 2010
  • Mathematics
  • Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society)
Summary.  On September 10th, 1885, Francis Galton ushered in a new era of Statistical Enlightenment with an address to the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Aberdeen. In the process of solving a puzzle that had lain dormant in Darwin's Origin of Species, Galton introduced multivariate analysis and paved the way towards modern Bayesian statistics. The background to this work is recounted, including the recognition of a failed attempt by Galton in 1877 as providing the first… 

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