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Dr A W F Edwards

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[HM] Huygens and the invention of tree diagrams.
Posted: Mar 20, 2006 8:57 AM
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Huygens and the invention of tree diagrams.

According to me (Int Statist Review 51, 73-9, 1983) Huygens's manuscript is
dated August 1676 and is headed:
The last problem contained in De ratiociniis; proposed some time ago by Pascal.
I commented 'It is interesting to note the use of an "event-tree" to
describe the possible events, perhaps the first time such a diagram had
been used'. Volume XIV of the Oeuvres, pp 151-5.
My paper is reprinted in both editions of 'Pascal's Arithmetical Triangle'.

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