Fisher in 1921.

*(English)*Zbl 1100.01511Summary: Ronald A. Fisher’s 1921 article on mathematical statistics (submitted and read in 1921; published in 1922) was arguably the most influential article on that subject in the twentieth century, yet up to that time Fisher was primarily occupied with other pursuits. A number of previously published documents are examined in a new light to argue that the origin of that work owes a considerable (and unacknowledged) debt to a challenge issued in 1916 by Karl Pearson.

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Karl Pearson; Kirstine Smith; maximum likelihood; minimum chi square; sufficiency; history of statistics##### Biographic References:

Fisher, R. A.
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