Origin of OgiveDate: 08/26/2002 at 17:45:37 From: Greta Bornemann Subject: Ogive graphs What is the origin of the term "ogive"? I know what the word means, but I would like to know where the name came from. Thanks. Date: 08/28/2002 at 05:57:36 From: Doctor Pat Subject: Re: Ogive graphs Greta, Part of what is in Math Words and Some Other Words of Interest, at http://www.geocities.com/poetsoutback/etyindex.html under the term ogive is: "The term was applied by Francis Galton to the cumulative normal distribution but is used more generally now. The word originally comes from a term in architecture for a diagonal rib of a Gothic vault or a pointed arch. The term comes from the Late Latin obvita, the feminine past participle of obvire, to resist." Hope that helps. - Doctor Pat, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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