Matheson, Robert E. 'The mechanism of statistics'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. IX 1885-1893, Appendix pp3-25
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. IX 1885-1893, Appendix
It has fallen to my lot to serve in a Department where every
variety of statistical work is to be found, and where the practical
problems of how information is to be collected, tabulated, and
published at a minimum expenditure of time, labour, and cost,
have to be solved.
As public attention has been much directed recently to this
subject, especially in connection with the approaching Census, it
has occurred to me that it would be a useful service to embody
in a paper the results of many years thought and practical
experience in the manipulation of figures, and that such a work
might not only be acceptable to Statisticians in these countries,
but helpful to the many statistical authorities in foreign lands.
I offer my contribution therefore, not by any means as an
exhaustive treatise on the subject, but in the hope that it may
lead to the reciprocation of ideas and the comparison of methods
of working, and thus conduce to the interests of statistical
Read before the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Tuesday 30th April 1889
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