[ View menu ]

Daily Archive October 16th, 2006

Inferring discoverers from discovery names

Filed in Encyclopedia
Subscribe to Decision Science News by Email (one email per week, easy unsubscribe)

STIGLER’S LAW OF EPONYMY Statistician and Historian of Science Stephen Stigler told Decision Science News about a useful law. Stigler’s Law of Eponymy: No scientific discovery is named after its original discoverer. This useful principle helps one think twice before attributing a “named” statistical construct to the person for which it is named. Gaussian distributions, […]