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Studies in the History of Probability and Statistics XL Boscovich, Simpson and a 1760 Manuscript Note on Fitting a Linear Relation

Stephen M. Stigler
Biometrika
Vol. 71, No. 3 (Dec., 1984), pp. 615-620
Published by: Oxford University Press on behalf of Biometrika Trust
DOI: 10.2307/2336572
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2336572
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Abstract

A newly discovered manuscript fragment shows that Thomas Simpson and Roger Boscovich met in 1760, and that Boscovich posed a problem in least deviations regression to Simpson. The fragment is described and Simpson's attempt at an analytical solution is interpreted. A further manuscript statement of a problem involving least squares from about 1755 is noted.

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