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  I am afraid I can’t recall any details from the wild-goose chase that serendipitously landed me at the following 1865 address by the forensic physician/statistician William August Guy. His speech to the British Statistical Society covered everything from the origins and usages of the word “statistics” through its relation to political economy and “social sciences” (his

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    Edmund Ezra Day mostly taught statistics at Harvard during his years on the faculty from 1910 to 1923 before going off to Michigan and Cornell. This posting contains the course announcement for 1914-15, enrollment figures, and the final examination questions for his graduate statistics course. This information comes from three different sources, all of

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  Harry Jerome taught statistics in the economics department of the University of Wisconsin from 1915-1938. The following course materials for a research seminar that he taught were found in Milton Friedman’s papers at the Hoover Institution in a file “Student Years”. Since there is no indication of either university or instructor for these materials

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    While I was unable to retrieve very much at all at the Library of Congress relevant to Walter F. Willcox’s teaching at Cornell, I did come across the following final examination in economic statistics from 1921. As can be seen from the questions, “statistics” was limited to meaning the tables of economic data compiled

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  Following up the previous posting about the department of political science at Cornell University in 1900, now I add two items of interest relating to the professor of economic statistics at that time, Walter F. Willcox, who lived to the ripe old age of 103(!). At the tender age of 93 Willcox was asked

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  In the last post we saw the final exam for the course taught by Edwin Frickey on Economic Statistics at Harvard during the first term of the 1938-39 year. The earliest syllabus for this course that I have been able to  find comes from the collection of course outlines at the Harvard Archives. The syllabus was unchanged

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  The exam questions seen below, even making an allowance for coming from an undergraduate course (nonetheless 13 of the 87 students were graduate students), indicate that the statistical training of economists at Harvard was a fairly low-grade affair even by the late 1930s, only a mechanical manipulation of different measures of central tendency and dispersion with a

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    ______________________ April 1, 1947 SUGGESTIONS FOR PREPARATION IN THE GENERAL FIELD OF STATISTICS Work in the two courses, Economics 121a and 121b, is in almost all cases an essential core of the preparation of the field of Statistics for General Examinations (requirements for the Special Field differ substantially), but such work does not

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In his memo of February 1985 (Columbia University, A. G. Hart papers: Box 60, Folder “Sec I Notes on teaching materials, Learning”) Albert G. Hart wrote “I ducked the qualifying exam in statistics (in which for that date I was very well trained) because I disapproved of the focus of previous exams upon minor technicalities—hence

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