Francis Galton and regression to the mean


  • His book Dicing with Death is published by Cambridge University Press and covers (among other matters) Francis Galton and the history of regression to the mean.


Galton founded many concepts in statistics, among them correlation, quartile, and percentile. Here Stephen Senn examines one of Galton's most important statistical legacies – one that is at once so trivial that it is blindingly obvious, and so deep that many scientists spend their whole career being fooled by it.