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Re: st: A rose by any other name?


From   "Austin Nichols" <austinnichols@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: A rose by any other name?
Date   Thu, 13 Nov 2008 15:11:11 -0500

did someone mention the 275th birthday of the normal distribution?
(yesterday, I believe)

On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 2:56 PM, Lachenbruch, Peter
<Peter.Lachenbruch@oregonstate.edu> wrote:
> Wikipedia gives Verhulst as the originator of the logistic curve, but I
> recall that Adolphe Quetelet had also done some work in this area.  Both
> were contemporaries (early 1800s) - Verhulst lived from about 1804 to
> 1849 and Quetelet from about 1809 to 1874 - I'm not sure about these
> dates even though I just looked them up on Wikipedia (laziness  to not
> go back).  Interestingly, there is no mention of the logistic curve in
> the Quetelet article.
>
> Can anyone expand on my impression?
>
> BTW, Quetelet is credited with developing the Body Mass Index, BMI
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