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st: RE: A drawing in Stata Journal

From   "Newson, Roger B" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: RE: A drawing in Stata Journal
Date   Mon, 17 Sep 2007 21:07:49 +0100

I think it is a horse, and it is supposed to be kicking a Prussian
soldier to death. This is an allusion to the famous study by Ladislaus
Von Bortkiewycz, who showed that the number of men in a Prussian
regiment kicked to death by horses in a year was sampled from a
distribution close to a Poisson. This is as we would expect, if there
are a large number of soldiers, all statistically independent, but each
with a small probability of being kicked to death by a horse. 

I hope this helps.

Best wishes


Roger Newson
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
Royal Brompton campus
Room 33, Emmanuel Kaye Building
1B Manresa Road
London SW3 6LR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7352 8121 ext 3381
Fax: +44 (0)20 7351 8322
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Opinions expressed are those of the author, not of the institution.

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Subject: st: A drawing in Stata Journal

Hi all,
This is not a too serious question. Some days ago, I noticed a small
square drawing in the cover of my SJ copy, just below the black bar with
the lemma "Promoting ....". It seems there is a horse depicted in the
picture (or is it a bull?).
Does anyone want to tell me the story of this picture?
Thanks in advance,

Juan Ramon Lacalle Remigio
Unidad de Bioestadistica
Dpto Medicina Preventiva y Salud Publica
Universidad de Sevilla
Avda Sanchez Pizjuan s.n.   41009 Sevilla

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