Title: Periodic birth-year pattern of the founders of statistical sciences
Authors: Verhulst, J ×
Onghena, Patrick #
Issue Date: Aug-1998
Publisher: Psychological reports
Series Title: Psychological reports vol:83 issue:1 pages:235-242
Abstract: The distribution of the birth-years of 19 founders of statistical sciences, as reported in a recent book on the history of statistics, shows a cirsaseptennian (approximately 7-year) periodicity. A second sample of 31 statistical pioneers, extracted from the Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences, supports the first observation. Up to the end of the 19th century, founders of statistical sciences tended to be born in years belonging to the 7n+2 phase. There are also indications for circaseptennian patterns connecting different statistical schools during the last century. These findings extend earlier reports of a circaseptennian pattern in the birth-year distribution of physicists.
ISSN: 0033-2941
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Methodology of Educational Sciences
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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