Questions about the history of statistics.

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How did Efron imagine the bootstrap?

Do you know Bradley Efron? He's a great man. How did Efron imagine or think about "bootstrap" for the first time?
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Picture of Robert Wedderburn

I am going to present generalized linear models (GLM) to a small group of people. I like to talk about the contributors of such remarkable work; however, it is hard to find a picture of Robert ...
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Why are the geometric distribution and hypergeometric distribution called as such?

Why are the geometric distribution and hypergeometric distribution called "geometric" and "hypergoemetric" respectively? Is it because their pmfs take some special form? Thanks!
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Why did Thomas Bayes find Bayes' theorem so challenging?

This is more of a history of science question, but I hope it's on-topic here. I've read that Thomas Bayes only managed to discover Bayes' theorem for the special case of a uniform prior, and even ...
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Origin of Z-estimation

Van der Vaart [1] uses the term Z-estimation for the estimating equations approach. Is this the first use of the term? [1] Vaart, A. W. Van Der. Asymptotic Statistics. Cambridge University Press, ...
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Where does the term “covariate” come from in statistics?

Wikipedia has an acceptable definition of covariate, which matches exactly the Dictionary of Epidemiology. According to Webster, the first known use was in 1965. But the Google n-gram viewer has it ...
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Fisher for dummies?

Short version: is there an introduction to Ronald Fisher's writings (papers and books) on statistics that is aimed at those with little or no background in statistics? I'm thinking of something like ...
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“grouped error distribution”?

I can't figure out the meaning of emphasized phrase in the following: Representing a grouped error distribution by a multinomial distribution, Simpson (1756), Langrange (1776), and Laplace (1776) ...
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Where to find data on the use of statistical methods in Psychology?

I'm trying to find out, how the use of statistical methods in Psychology have been changing through history. For example, are regression models more popular now than ten years ago? When did simple ...
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Timeline of machine learning and data mining breakthroughs

Is there any timeline or historical overview of the most important breakthroughs in machine learning and data mining?
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What are some good resources for the history of time series analysis?

I have checked out the answer to this question on stats.stackexchange: What are good resources providing a history of statistics? Indeed, the Stigler book "Statistics on the Table" looks excellent ...
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What statistical methods are archaic and should be omitted from textbooks? [closed]

In answering a question about a confidence interval for a binomial proportion I pointed out the fact that the normal approximation is an unreliable method that is archaic. It should not be taught as a ...
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What was Student's (Gosset's) contribution in formulating the t-test?

A recent question, related question, and cited source, recently made me aware that the $N-1$ correction for sample estimates of population variance is referred to as Bessel's correction. Bessel was ...
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What principled arguments are made with data?

Consider the frequentist argument: "I will believe A since not-A makes the data improbable". Consider the Bayesian argument: "I will believe A since given my beliefs on A and the data generating ...
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Who are some famous USSR/Russian Statistics/probability academic researchers? [closed]

Who are some famous USSR/Russian Statistics/probability academic researchers? Are russian (current Russia and former USSR) strong in this field academically?
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Data analysis on multiuser environment

I have following environment that I'd like to analyze. My company is divided in two teams: Insert Team (composed by 150 persons) Quality Check Team (composed by 10 persons) Suppose that all ...
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Who invented profile maximum likelihood estimation?

Could anyone give me some information on who invented profile maximum likelihood estimation or who first use profile maximum likelihood estimation and the short history of profile maximum likelihood ...
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Periods in history of statistics

The history of many fields of science can be divided into a small number of time intervals that often begin with some important discovery. But I have never seen something similar in timeline of ...
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t-test and t-distribution etymology

Okay, I'm aware of the fact that Gosset came up with t distribution, but what is the etymology of "t". How did "t" end up in t-test and t distribution?
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Where did the frequentist-Bayesian debate go?

The world of statistics was divided between frequentists and Bayesians. These days it seems everyone does a bit of both. How can this be? If the different approaches are suitable for different ...
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Origin of the Naïve Bayes classifier?

I've looking around Google Scholar for the earliest mention of this particular classifier and have not had much luck finding a definitive source. I've seen some sources cite as late as the 1980s and ...
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What are good resources providing a history of statistics?

What are good online or offline resources that give an overview of the history of statistics and the main breakthrough in statistics until now? I have read the page on History of Statistics on ...
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When was the cross-correlation function invented? And what was the motivation behind it?

In a previous question I asked about the history of auto-correlation In this question I'm interested in the discovery process behind cross-correlation. When was it invented? Was it independently ...
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When was the autocorrelation function invented? And what was the motivation for it?

I'm just very curious about the discovery process behind the autocorrelation function. When was it invented? Was it independently invented multiple times, for example? What was the motivation for ...
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Who first developed the idea of “sampling distributions”?

Who created sampling distributions? I have looked everywhere and I'm writing a paper, but, so far, all I've been able to come up with is the theory and the definition. Please help me find the who, ...
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Statistics, war stories, data intuition

I think it is fair to say statistics is an applied science so when averages and standard deviations are calculated it is because someone is looking to make some decisions based on those numbers. Part ...
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Most famous statisticians

What are the most important statisticians, and what is it that made them famous? (Reply just one scientist per answer please.)
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Revolutions in statistics for the last 50 years? [closed]

Let's say chat is a better place for such discussions. --mbq What areas of statistics have been substantially revolutionised in the last 50 years? For example, about 40 years ago, Akaike with ...
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Famous statistician quotes

What is your favorite statistician quote? This is community wiki, so please one quote per answer.