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Simon Newcomb, Percy Daniell, and the History of Robust Estimation 1885-1920

Stephen M. Stigler
Journal of the American Statistical Association
Vol. 68, No. 344 (Dec., 1973), pp. 872-879
DOI: 10.2307/2284515
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2284515
Page Count: 8
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Simon Newcomb, Percy Daniell, and the History of Robust Estimation 1885-1920
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Abstract

This article reviews some of the history of robust estimation, emphasizing the period 1885-1920 and the work of Newcomb, Edgeworth, Sheppard, and Daniell. Particular attention is paid to lines of development which have excited recent interest, including linear functions of order statistics and mixtures of normal densities as models for heavy-tailed populations.

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