Three centuries of categorical data analysis: Log-linear models and maximum likelihood estimation

@article{Fienberg2007ThreeCO,
title={Three centuries of categorical data analysis: Log-linear models and maximum likelihood estimation},
author={S. Fienberg and A. Rinaldo},
journal={Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference},
year={2007},
volume={137},
pages={3430-3445}
}

The common view of the history of contingency tables is that it begins in 1900 with the work of Pearson and Yule, but in fact it extends back at least into the 19th century. Moreover, it remains an active area of research today. In this paper we give an overview of this history focussing on the development of log-linear models and their estimation via the method of maximum likelihood. Roy played a crucial role in this development with two papers co-authored with his students, Mitra and Marvin… Expand