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Social Statistics: Its History and Some Modern Issues / Zur Geschichte der Sozialstatistik und einiger moderner Probleme


  • Sheynin Oscar

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


Based on my previous publications and many other sources, I trace the history of social statistics before the 20th century and link it with the development of the statistical method in natural sciences. Many recent statistical issues had scarcely, or not at all existed then, and before Lexis probability theory had hardly entered statistics. Moreover, its introduction met with real and imaginary difficulties.

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  • Sheynin Oscar, 2003. "Social Statistics: Its History and Some Modern Issues / Zur Geschichte der Sozialstatistik und einiger moderner Probleme," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 223(1), pages 91-112, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:223:y:2003:i:1:p:91-112

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