On Correlation and the Methods of Modern Statistics


IN my last letter (October 3, p. 566) I ventured to express the modest hope that “an astronomer may be permitted to dissent from these applications of modern statistical methods.” Prof. Pearson refuses the desired permission with such warmth of language and wealth of argument that I find it difficult to make a suitable renewal of the request. Perhaps I may be allowed to confine my reply to the point of most general interest.

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