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Brief Encounters of the  Numerical Kind

Or,

French History Meets (Some) Statistics

A compelling story in three chapters in which Exploratory Data Analysis is deployed to resolve the question:

Can a laudatory biography of an eighteenth-century French farmer,
written by his adoring son, shed any light at all on the real lives of French peasants?

 

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La Vie de Mon Père, 1779, by Nicolas Restif de la Bretonne

 

Site created by Robert M. Schwartz, Professor of History, Mount Holyoke College
(rschwart@mtholyoke.edu)


with many thanks for advice and assistance from Harriet Pollatsek, Professor of Mathematics;
Nancy Birkrem, Special Collections Librarian; Lee Bouse, photographer; Farah Khan '98 and Jessica Liese '01.
This work was supported by NEH-NSF award EW-20327 for "Science and Humanities: Integrating Undergraduate
Education," under the title "Mathematics Across the Curriculum."  My research in France was generously
supported by an NEH Fellowship and a Research Grant from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

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