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Re: st: A rose by any other name?


From   Nick Winter <nwinter@virginia.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: A rose by any other name?
Date   Thu, 13 Nov 2008 16:35:09 -0500

The *discovery* of the normal, yes?

Austin Nichols wrote:
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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