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Galileo's Statistical Analysis of Astronomical Observations

A. Hald
International Statistical Review / Revue Internationale de Statistique
Vol. 54, No. 2 (Aug., 1986), pp. 211-220
DOI: 10.2307/1403145
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1403145
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Galileo's Statistical Analysis of Astronomical Observations
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Abstract

It is shown that Galileo's statistical analysis of astronomical observations in 1632 contains the rudiments of a theory for comparing hypotheses by means of the sums of the absolute deviations of the observations from the hypothetical values. Galileo did not state the method unambiguously and he did not carry out all the necessary calculations. /// On suggère que l'analyse statistique de Galilée en 1632 contient le rudiment d'une théorie pour comparer deux hypothèses par le moyen de la méthode des moindres écarts absolus.

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