Day: May 11, 2021

Some Notes on the History of Statistics

(Essay found in Nesselroade & Grimm, 2019; pgs. 46 – 47) Although ancient civilizations like the Egyptians and Chinese used tabulation and other simple statistics to keep track of tax collections, government expenditures, and the availability of soldiers, the modern use of statistics arguably began with the Englishman John Graunt (1620–1674). Graunt tabulated information on death rates in his home town of London and noted that the frequency of certain diseases, suicides, and accidents occurred with remarkable regularity from year-to-year. This realization, by the way, helped to develop the establishment of insurance companies. Graunt also found the occurrence of greater

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