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de Moivre, Abraham

  1. Peter Armitage

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470011815.b2a17036

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

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Armitage, P. 2005. de Moivre, Abraham. Encyclopedia of Biostatistics. 2.

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  1. University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


Abraham De Moivre is celebrated by statisticians primarily for his derivation of the normal approximation to the binomial distribution, and for providing the first tabulation of the normal integral (see Normal Distribution).


  • normal distribution;
  • normal approximation to binomial;
  • Stirling's formula;
  • actuarial methods