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How we Got Statistics

I know that a some of my classmates never liked statistics. I guess for the cognitive scientists, this is a bit expected, since cognitive science have a lot of methodologies, where statistics is not needed. On the other side, for my economic classmates, this is a bit ironic.

The statistics came to be as applied physics to the economic problem. The Scottish church wanted to take care of the wives of their priests. So, they offered the insurance, that the priests could pay, and in a case of their death, their wives would be taken care of. But for that, the church needed to know some things - like the average time the wife outlived her husband for and so on.

And this is how the descriptive statistics came to be.