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Title:The median is the message: Wilson and Hilferty's reanalysis of C. S. Peirce's experiments on the law of errors PDF Logo
Authors:Koenker, Roger
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:cemmap working paper CWP28/08
Abstract:Data is reanalyzed from an important series of 19th century experiments conducted by C. S. Peirce and designed to study the plausibility of the Gaussian law of errors for astronomical observations. Contrary to the findings of Peirce, but in accordance with subsequent analysis by Fréchet and Wilson and Hilferty, we find normality implausible and medians an attractive alternative to means for the analysis.
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:doi:10.1920/wp.cem.2008.2808
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:cemmap working papers, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

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