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


Huygens and the invention of tree diagrams.
According to me (Int Statist Review 51, 739, 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 "eventtree" to describe the possible events, perhaps the first time such a diagram had been used'. Volume XIV of the Oeuvres, pp 1515. My paper is reprinted in both editions of 'Pascal's Arithmetical Triangle'. A.W.F.Edwards



