[OPE-L:4410] RE: Bortkiewicz as statistician

From: P.J.Wells@open.ac.uk
Date: Thu Nov 02 2000 - 07:55:39 EST


You're right -- von B. did indeed claim a law of small numbers based on this
work. As for Keynes on probability, this is on my desert island/prison
reading list, though I have managed to have a reasonably systematic look at
Carabelli's book on the topic.


> >...Porter goes on to discuss Bortkiewicz's more
> >interesting work on such things as the incidence of death from mule kicks
> >among Prussian soldiers.

>  I vaguely recall that Bortkiewicz called
> the distribution of such events as the "law of small numbers".

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