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Person: Bortkiewicz, Ladislaus Josephowitsch
Ladislaus Bortkiewicz was a Russian economist and statistician. He made contributions to mathematical economics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Joseph Bortkiewicz came from the Russian nobility.
- An unfortunate argument with an Italian statistician Gini, who accused Bortkiewicz of plagiarism, led to an unhappy episode near the end of Bortkiewicz's life.
- Bortkiewicz was interested in the law of small numbers and he used the divergence coefficient Q, deducing its expectation and standard deviation.
- Other areas to which Bortkiewicz applied his statistical methods include radioactivity (1913), order statistics, and applications to legal studies.
- Bortkiewicz was critical of the approach of Karl Pearson to statistics.
- This, claimed Bortkiewicz, was worthless.
- Bortkiewicz does not get any less obscure as he goes on.
- Bortkiewicz received many honours including membership of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Statistical Society, the American Statistical Association and the International Statistical Institute.
Born 7 August 1868, St Petersburg, Russia. Died 15 July 1931, Berlin, Germany.
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Origin Russia, Statistics
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive