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Statistics in historical-philosophical perspective

J. C. Geertsema
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 2, No 2 | a1111 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v2i2.1111 | © 1983 J. C. Geertsema | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 March 1983 | Published: 20 March 1983

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J. C. Geertsema,, South Africa

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Abstract

The philosophical background against which statistics as a science developed, is discussed. The discussion shows that statistics is not isolated from the society within which it is practised and that an understanding of these influences provides insight into statistics. It is also shown that there should be a special relationship between statistics and philosophy since the problems which are considered are closely related. Unfortunately there is little evidence of interaction in practice.

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