Letter | Published:

The Use of the Method of Least Squares in Physics

Nature volume 63, pages 489490 (21 March 1901) | Download Citation

Subjects

Abstract

THE application of the method of least squares to physical measurements is described in several standard text-books—to wit, Kohlrausch's “Introduction to Physical Measurements” (third edition, 1894), Stewart and Gee's “Elementary Practical Physics” (1885), and others. In none of these is it pointed out that the method as set forth offers in certain cases a choice of results, and that the solution is practically unique only if a sufficient number of observations be taken. Nor is any indication given how the method is to be applied when none but a small number of observations is available. Since the method is intended for use only when a high degree of refinement is aimed at, these points are of practical importance.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

Author information

Affiliations

  1. 102 Croxted Road, West Dulwich, S.E.

    • A. F. RAVENSHEAR

Authors

  1. Search for A. F. RAVENSHEAR in:

About this article

Publication history

Published

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1038/063489c0

Comments

By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.