Statistical Methods for Research Workers

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Ronald Fisher

Statistical Methods for Research Workers is a classic book on statistics, written by the statistician R. A. Fisher. It is considered by some to be one of the 20th century's most influential books on statistical methods, together with his The Design of Experiments (1935). It was originally published in 1925, by Oliver & Boyd (Edinburgh);[1] the final and posthumous 14th edition was published in 1970.


According to Denis Conniffe:

Ronald A. Fisher was "interested in application and in the popularization of statistical methods and his early book Statistical Methods for Research Workers, published in 1925, went through many editions and motivated and influenced the practical use of statistics in many fields of study. His Design of Experiments (1935) [promoted] statistical technique and application. In that book he emphasized examples and how to design experiments systematically from a statistical point of view. The mathematical justification of the methods described was not stressed and, indeed, proofs were often barely sketched or omitted altogether ..., a fact which led H. B. Mann to fill the gaps with a rigorous mathematical treatment in his well-known treatise, Mann (1949)."[2]


  • Prefaces
  1. Introduction
  2. Diagrams
  3. Distributions
  4. Tests of Goodness of Fit, Independence and Homogeneity; with table of χ2
  5. Tests of Significance of Means, Difference of Means, and Regression Coefficients
  6. The Correlation Coefficient
  7. Intraclass Correlations and the Analysis of Variance
  8. Further Applications of the Analysis of Variance

In the second edition of 1928 a chapter 9 was added: The Principles of Statistical Estimation.

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  1. ^ Scanned version of Statistical Methods first edition
  2. ^ Conniffe, Denis (1990–1991). "R. A. Fisher and the development of statistics—a view in his centenary year". Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland. Vol. XXVI, no. 3. Dublin: Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland. p. 87. hdl:2262/2764. ISSN 0081-4776.
  • Mann, H. B. (1949). Analysis and design of experiments: Analysis of variance and analysis of variance designs. New York, N. Y.: Dover Publications, Inc. pp. x+195. MR 0032177.

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