It would have been interesting if the 'wordgram' could have been
written roughly in the shape of a generally recognized normal curve
with x-axis along the vertical. I wonder if in that case, it would
have been called a 'wordgram'.
V. K. Lagoo
V. K. Lagoo
> Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2009 10:53:03 +0000
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> Subject: QUERY: normal wordgram
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> Thanks to several respondents, my query has been met plus a bonus of another
> Dr Dennis Chanter:
> It was W.J. Youden and it is reproduced in 'Quotes, Damned Quotes and
> ...', compiled by John Bibby (1983).
> Mike Parker sent me:
> Two versions are shown below, but more careful typesetting might be required
> to render them correctly.
> There is a version by W. J. Youden
> law of error
> stands out in the
> experience of mankind
> as one of the broadest
> generalisations of natural
> philosophy. It serves as the
> guiding instrument in researches
> in the physical and social sciences and
> in medicine agriculture and engineering.
> It is an indispensable tool for the analysis and the
> interpretation of the basic data obtained by observation and
> And this one . . .
> Normal curve
> looks like this! If
> a set of data is drawn
> in a stemplot or histogram,
> it is surprising how often this
> particular shape emerges. The shape
> is one whose distribution has a peak in the
> middle and is symmetrical with two tails at either side.
> Alan Graham (1990)
> Investigating statistics, Hodder & Stoughton
> Much appreciated.
> My thanks also to Prof Graham Upton and Dr Quentin Burrell, both of whom
> also solved my problem.
> Here are some references:
> Bibby, J. (1987) Quotes, Damned Quotes ...QED Books.
> Gaither, G.C. and Cavazos-Gaither, A.E. (1996) Statistically Speaking - a
> dictionary of quotations. Institute of Physics Publishing.
> Graham, A. (1990) Investigating Statistics. Hodder Arnold H&S.
> Upton, G. and Cook, I. (2008, 2nd ed) A Dictionary of Statistics. Oxford
> University Press.
> Youden, W.J. (1962) Experimentation and Measurement. National Science
> Teachers Association, Washington, D.C.
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