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    ALTHOUGH the desirability of holding an Indian Statistical Conference was realized by the Indian Government in 1934, it was not possible to hold the first meeting until January 1938. The Proceedings of the Conference were published in December (Calcutta: Statistical Publishing Society; London: P. S. King and Son, Ltd., 1938), and contain, besides the official speeches, some twenty research papers in full and abstracts of many others; it will probably surprise many English statisticians to learn how vigorously the subject is being developed in India-The Conference was divided into four sections dealing respectively with theoretical statistics, agricultural statistics, medical and public health statistics, and economic statistics. There was a symposium on agricultural field experiments, and a special discussion on standardization in industry. The Conference was presided over by Prof. R. A. Fisher. Among the supplements is a biographical sketch of Prof. Fisher, pointing out how deeply he has influenced statistical work in India. Other supplements give the sixth annual report of the Indian Statistical Institute, and an account of the work of the Calcutta Statistical Laboratory, with a list of 128 original papers produced there.

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    Indian Statistical Conference. Nature 143, 1017 (1939) doi:10.1038/1431017b0

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