By Hirotugu Akaike (auth.), Anthony C. Atkinson, Stephen E. Fienberg (eds.)

The foreign Statistical Institute used to be based in 1885 and is for that reason one of many world's oldest overseas clinical societies. the sector of records continues to be increasing swiftly and possesses a wealthy number of purposes in lots of parts of human job reminiscent of technology, govt, enterprise, undefined, and daily affairs. consequently, the occasion of the Institute's centenary in 1985 is of substantial curiosity not just to statisticians but in addition extra extensively to the foreign medical neighborhood. As a part of its centennial get together making plans the Institute determined to post a quantity of papers representing the immensely wide selection of pursuits encompassed through information in its overseas context, considered either from a historic and from a modern perspective. We have been lucky in securing the companies of Anthony Atkinson and Stephen Fienberg as Editors of this quantity: they've got labored demanding over a interval of numerous years to place jointly a so much interesting selection of papers. On behalf of the Institute it's my friendly responsibility to thank them and the authors for his or her contributions. J. DURBIN, President foreign Statistical Institute Preface The papers during this quantity have been ready to assist have a good time the centenary of the overseas Statistical Institute. in the course of the lSI's first a hundred years records has matured, either as a systematic self-discipline and as a occupation, in ways in which the lSI's founders couldn't almost certainly have imagined.

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Statistics in Britain continued a gradual process of change. When war came, the pace of change increased. The official statistics were reformed by the creation of a central department. Statistical problems arose in different aspects of the war effort, and statistical advice was widely sought. Many young people were trained to join the few with experience. When peace returned, the statistical scene in Britain had been completely transformed. 1. Introduction This paper presents an account of statistical activities in the United Kingdom during the Second World War, which began in 1939 and ended in 1945.

C. Mahalanobis and P. V. Sukhatme developed methods for forecasting agricultural production as well as for large-scale social surveys. Other important work on statistical theory by R. C. Bose, C. R. Rao, and S. N. Roy and others during this period did not stem specifically from war-related efforts. In Europe outside the United Kingdom there were some major statistical developments during World War II. For example, although the deputy head of the Central Statistical Office in Norway was a leading member of the resistance, under instructions from the German occupying power the Office set up a system of national financial accounts which was quite similar to that set up in England.

I found that the estimates of the potential loss due to various forms of military reverse-such as attacks on supply dumps by gas, or on troops in action-were little more than guesses, and in those urgent months before the war I called on the services of Professor Greenwood ... to help me to create a statistical basis on which the operations of this aspect of the war effort could be built. In 1938, Lord Stamp was summoned back to England to deal with railway problems of mobilization and evacuation.

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