A timeline of statistics

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 14 January 2014

To celebrate its 10th anniversary and to round off the International Year of Statistics, Significance has published a timeline of statistics, which has now been made freely available.

An accompanying piece on great moments in statistics is also included.

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From 450 BC when Hippias of Elis used the average value of the length of a king’s reign (the mean) to work out the date of the first Olympic Games, some 300 years before his time, to Florence Nightingale's use of statistics for Crimean War casualties to influence public opinion and the War Office, to Nate Silver's triumph in correctly predicting the outcome in all states of the USA in the Presidential Elections of 2012 by using Bayesian statistics, scan the timeline for a selection of statistical landmarks that changed our history.

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