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Economics and Statistics, Viewed from the Standpoint of the Preliminary Sciences


THE object of the present paper is to show the relation of the preliminary sciences to statistics and economics, and to attempt to make the transition from the former studies to the latter simple and attractive to the scientific man. This must evidently be done by constructing a classification of social knowledge avoiding all immediate reference to practice. That such a classification does not at present exist cannot be better evidenced than by Mr. Baden-Powell, who has kindly drawn my attention to the conclusion of his paper, read on the previous day, “On Protection in Young Communities,” in which he states the difficulties he has encountered in many departments of his researches because of the different methods of classification adopted in otherwise excellent statistical records, and insists that “uniformity in the method of registering statistical facts is of the utmost importance to comparative investigations,” so that “it would be of great importance if such uniformity could be secured in the future.”

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Economics and Statistics, Viewed from the Standpoint of the Preliminary Sciences. Nature 24, 523–526 (1881).

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