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**Probability and statistics: a tale of two worlds?**
*(English)*
Zbl 0954.62001

Summary: This comparative study of research productivity and publication habits in probability and statistics completes the author’s paper, ibid. 25, No. 4, 427-443 (1997; Zbl 0894.62126). It is based on a ten-year survey of eighteen international journals, half of which are specialized in probability theory and the other half in statistics. Paper, author and adjusted page counts yield cursory measures of productivity for countries and institutions that contributed to fundamental research in these two related fields during the period 1986-1995. These data also reveal significant cultural differences between probabilists and statisticians in the volume of research, the length of papers, coauthorship practices, etc. Canada is seen to be one of the strongest contributors to the development of these two disciplines.

### MSC:

62-00 | General reference works (handbooks, dictionaries, bibliographies, etc.) pertaining to statistics |

62P99 | Applications of statistics |

01A99 | History of mathematics and mathematicians |

### Citations:

Zbl 0894.62126
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