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NOTES ON THE HISTORY OF CORRELATION

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Biometrika
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1) As I have often stated, Laplace anticipated Gauss by some 40 years. In his memoir of 1783, Histoire de I'Acadimie, pp. 423-467, he gives the expression for the probability integral and suggests* (p. 433) its tabulation as a useful task. It is clear that to do this is to recognise the -existence of the probability-curve or in its doubly projected form Laplace's investigation while not proceeding from the very simple axioms .of Gauss, which lead directly to the above equation, is more

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