### How the Social Scientists Got Their *s

Somewhere in the vastness of the scholarly literature there exists a sound,
if not complete, history of the reception of statistical inference, especially
regression, across the social sciences in the 20th century. I have not found it
and would appreciate pointers, though I can only offer acknowledgments in
return. If the history end neither with "thus did our fathers raise fertile
gardens of rigor in the sterile deserts of anecdata" nor "thus did a dark age
of cruel scientism overwhelm all, save a few lonely bastions of humanity", so
much the better.

(I specifically mean the 20th century and not the 19th, and statistical
inference and not "statistics" in the sense of aggregated numerical data.
Erich Lehmann's "Some
Standard Statistical Models" is in the right direction, but too focused
inwards on statistics.)

Enigmas of Chance;
Commit a Social Science

Posted at March 17, 2010 13:30 | permanent link