Arthur L Bowley: A Pioneer in Modern Statistics and Economics

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World Scientific, 2011 - Mathematics - 525 pages
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Arthur Lyon Bowley, the founding father of modern statistics, was an important and colorful figure and a leader in cementing the foundations of statistical methodology, including survey methodology, and of the applications of statistics to economical and social issues during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In many respects, he was ahead of his time. The giants in this field around that time were largely concentrated in the British Isles and Scandinavian countries; among these contributors, Arthur Bowley was one of the most active in revolutionizing statistical methodology and its economic applications. However, Bowley has been vastly undervalued by subsequent commentators — while hundreds of articles and books have been written on Karl Pearson, those on Arthur Bowley amount to a dozen or less. This book seeks to remedy this and fill in an important omission in the monographical literature on the history of statistics. In particular, the recent resurgence of interest in poverty research has led to a renewed interest in Bowley's legacy.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Biography
1
Chapter 2 Social Statistics
29
Chapter 3 National and Official Statistics
73
Chapter 4 Wages and Incomes
123
Chapter 5 Miscellaneous Books
169
Chapter 6 Statistical Papers
213
Chapter 7 Statistical Books
239
Chapter 8 Index Numbers
295
Chapter 9 Sampling
323
Chapter 10 Economics
351
Chapter 11 Mathematics
385
Chapter 12 Miscellaneous
401
Notes
417
Bibliography
467
Index
517
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N. BALAKRISHNAN, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He has published widely in different areas of statistics including distribution theory, order statistics and reliability. He has authored a number of books including four volumes in "Distributions in Statistics Series" of Wiley, coauthored with N. L. Johnson and S. Kotz. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.

CAMPBELL B. READ, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Statistical Science at the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He studied mathematics at the University of Cambridge in England, and obtained a PhD in mathematical statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of several research papers in sequential analysis, properties of statistical distributions, and contingency table analysis. He is the author of several biographies appearing in "Leading Personalities in Statistical Sciences" and of various entries in this Encyclopedia, and is a coauthor of "Handbook of the Normal Distribution," He is an elected member of the International Statistical institute, has served on the faculty of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and was a Senior Research Scholar in 1987 at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge.

BRANI VIDAKOVIC, PhD, is Professor of Statistics at The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia. He obtained a BS and MS in mathematics at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and a PhD instatistics at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He is the author or coauthor of several books and numerous research papers on minimax theory, wavelets and computational and applied statistics. Dr. Vidakovic is a member of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, American Statistical Association, International Society for Bayesian Analysis, and Bernoulli Society, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

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