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Data Sets from the History of Statistics and Data Visualization

The 'HistData' package provides a collection of small data sets that are interesting and important in the history of statistics and data visualization. The goal of the package is to make these available, both for instructional use and for historical research. Some of these present interesting challenges for graphics or analysis in R.

HistData

Data Sets from the History of Statistics and Data Visualization

The HistData package provides a collection of small data sets that are interesting and important in the history of statistics and data visualization. The goal of the package is to make these available, both for instructional use and for historical research. Some of these present interesting challenges for graphics or analysis in R.

Some of the data sets have examples which reproduce an historical graph or analysis. These are meant mainly as starters for more extensive re-analysis or graphical elaboration.

They are part of a program of research called statistical historiography (Friendly, 2007; Friendly & Denis, 2001; Friendly et-al, 2016) meaning the use of statistical methods to study problems and questions in the history of statistics and graphics. They are also used in a forthcoming book on the history of data visualization (Friendly & Wainer, 2018).

References

Friendly, M. (2007). A Brief History of Data Visualization. In Chen, C., Hardle, W. & Unwin, A. (eds.)
Handbook of Computational Statistics: Data Visualization, Springer-Verlag, III, Ch. 1, 1-34. preprint

Friendly, M. & Denis, D. (2001). Milestones in the history of thematic cartography, statistical graphics, and data visualization. http://datavis.ca/milestones/

Friendly, M. & Sigal, M. & Harnanansingh, D. (2016). "The Milestones Project: A Database for the History of Data Visualization,"
In Kostelnick, C. & Kimball, M. (ed.), Visible Numbers: The History of Data Visualization, Ashgate Press, Chapter 10.

Friendly, M. & Wainer, H. (2018). The Origin of Graphical Species. Harvard University Press.

Functions in HistData

 Name Description CushnyPeebles Cushny-Peebles Data: Soporific Effects of Scopolamine Derivatives Minard Data from Minard's famous graphic map of Napoleon's march on Moscow SnowMap Draw John Snow's Map of Cholera in London Virginis John F. W. Herschel's Data on the Orbit of the Twin Stars $\gamma$ Virginis Guerry Data from A.-M. Guerry, "Essay on the Moral Statistics of France" HalleyLifeTable Halley's Life Table Cholera William Farr's Data on Cholera in London, 1849 ChestSizes Chest measurements of 5738 Scottish Militiamen Nightingale Florence Nightingale's data on deaths from various causes in the Crimean War OldMaps Latitudes and Longitudes of 39 Points in 11 Old Maps Yeast Student's (1906) Yeast Cell Counts Wheat Playfair's Data on Wages and the Price of Wheat DrinksWages Elderton and Pearson's (1910) data on drinking and wages Fingerprints Waite's data on Patterns in Fingerprints Langren van Langren's Data on Longitude Distance between Toledo and Rome Macdonell Macdonell's Data on Height and Finger Length of Criminals, used by Gosset (1908) PearsonLee Pearson and Lee's data on the heights of parents and children classified by gender Cavendish Cavendish's Determinations of the Density of the Earth Bowley Bowley's data on values of British and Irish trade, 1855-1899 PolioTrials Polio Field Trials Data HistData-package Data sets from the History of Statistics and Data Visualization Jevons W. Stanley Jevons' data on numerical discrimination Quarrels Statistics of Deadly Quarrels Snow John Snow's Map and Data on the 1854 London Cholera Outbreak Arbuthnot Arbuthnot's data on male and female birth ratios in London from 1629-1710. Armada La Felicisima Armada Galton Galton's data on the heights of parents and their children GaltonFamilies Galton's data on the heights of parents and their children, by child Prostitutes Parent-Duchatelet's time-series data on the number of prostitutes in Paris Pyx Trial of the Pyx ZeaMays Darwin's Heights of Cross- and Self-fertilized Zea May Pairs Dactyl Edgeworth's counts of dactyls in Virgil's Aeneid Michelson Michelson's Determinations of the Velocity of Light No Results!