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Industrial Experimentation

Nature volume 158, pages 687688 (16 November 1946) | Download Citation



NOT the leas of R. A. Fisher's contributions to statistic science has been his insistence that the statistical is as necessary in the planning of experiemnt ekatlon as in the interpretation of its results. In experimental biology, the importance of giving due weight to statistical considerations is now widely recognized, and the intimate connexion between the design of an experiment and the appropriate method of statistical analysis is emphasized in many text-books. Important recent developments of statistical method have arisen in response to the needs of agricultural experimentation: published accounts have described their advantages and illustrated their working chiefly in relation to agricultural or other biological problems. The value of principles such as factorial design, or of techniques such as the analysis of variance, however, is by no means restricted to the elucidation of biological problems.

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