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Topic: [HM] question about term "normal"
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Fred Shapiro

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Re: [HM] Question about term "normal".
Posted: Oct 28, 2006 7:56 AM
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On Mon, 23 Oct 2006, A.W.F. Edwards wrote:

> Introduced in 1893 by Karl Pearson for the statistical distribution also
> known as 'gaussian', an even earlier use was by C.S.Peirce in 1873. See
> H.A.David and A.W.F.Edwards, Annotated Readings in the History of
> Statistics (2001) p210.

Can you give the exact citation for the 1873 Peirce usage? Also, the OED
cites Galton in 1885 with an article title "Normal Curve of Distribution
of Error." How does this fit in with Pearson's having introduced the term
in 1893?

Fred Shapiro

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