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Edgeworth, Francis Ysidro

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470011815.b2a17039

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

How to Cite

2005. Edgeworth, Francis Ysidro. Encyclopedia of Biostatistics. 3.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


Edgeworth published extensively in mathematical economics and contributed importantly to the development of statistical theory at the end of the nineteenth century. He was an early advocate of maximum likelihood and introduced the “Edgeworth expansion” to describe skew distributions.


  • mathematical economics;
  • maximum likelihood;
  • Edgeworth expansion;
  • skew distributions