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Gauss and the Method of the Least Squares / Gauß und die Methode der kleinsten Quadrate

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  • Sheynin Oscar

    (Honorary Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, Member of the International Academy of History of Science, Wilhelmstrasse 130, D-10963 Berlin)

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The following article describes the history of the discovery of the method of least squares. Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) developed this method and applied it at first in astronomy and geodesy. In recent time this method became important to the analysis of statistical data in economics and social sciences and to the application of statistical methods in econometrics.

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  • Sheynin Oscar, 1999. "Gauss and the Method of the Least Squares / Gauß und die Methode der kleinsten Quadrate," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 219(3-4), pages 458-467, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:219:y:1999:i:3-4:p:458-467
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