Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Maths is great

This Guardian article describes how statistics beat out intelligence in WWII. This is one of those stories that seems just too good to be true, and no source is given. However a little searching finds the academic reference: Ruggles, R., and Brodie H. (1947) An empirical approach to economic intelligence in World War 2. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 42:72-91.

Alas the paper is not generally available online, but the abstract is here.

2 comments:

  1. Interesting.

    You may enjoy this link on Euler now available with many (but not all) translations to English.

    http://www.eulerarchive.com/

    Dave.

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  2. Thanks Dave. Good to see you enjoying your Swiss heritage.

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