# W. Edwards Deming b. 14 October 1900 - d. 20 December 1993

**"Summary.** *Long recognized as a leading proponent of statistical sampling and approaches to quality improvement, Deming led major efforts to bring statistical approaches and methods to bear on problems in government, science and industry."*

"On the Statistical Theory of Errors", Deming with Raymond T. Birge, being an offprint from* Reviews of Modern Physics*, volume 6, pp 119-181, July 1932, with additions and corrections dated 1937 and 1938.

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"In 1934, Deming published, jointly with the UC Berkeley Physicist Raymond T. Birge, an influential paper ``On the Statistical Theory of Errors.'' This review paper brought the methods of Fisher, Neyman and Pearson (q.v.), and Jeffreys (q.v.) to a broad audience of American physical Scientists. It was reprinted with additional notes in 1937 by the Graduate School of the USDA, and it served effectively as a textbook for over a decade. In correspondence with Deming, Fisher was generally quite complimentary, although in a 1940 letter to Maurice Frechet (q.v.) about Deming and Birge, Fisher complained that he found ``these writers very often obscure.'' This material also made its way into Deming's mimeographed lecture notes on least squares which first appeared in 1938, which he later turned into the 1943 book on the adjustment of statistical data."

Quote sources: Stephen E. Fienberg and Stephen M. Stigler, W. Edwards Deming, from StatProb, the Encyclopedia sponsored by the Statistics and Probability Societies. http://statprob.com/encyclopedia/WEdwardsDEMING.html

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