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Teaching of Statistics

Nature volume 145, page 99 (20 January 1940) | Download Citation



IN a paper read to the Royal Statistical Society on June 20, 1939, and printed, with the ensuing discussion, in its Journal (102, 532; 1939), Dr. John Wishart pointed out, among other things necessary for the progress of the subject, the urgent need for a standard treatise on its mathematical side. There are many text-books on practical statistical methods, usually restricted to one particular field of application, such as economics, business statistics, psychology, or biology and medicine, in which the reader has to accept the statements without proof. If a mathematical student asks where these proofs may be found, he may be told "You must look up the original papers, which you will not be able to understand". It is urgently necessary that a text-book should be produced to end this unsatisfactory state of affairs.

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