By Richard William Farebrother (auth.)

This e-book is meant for college students of mathematical data who're attracted to the early background in their topic. It provides distinctive algebraic descriptions of the proper of linear relationships via the strategy of least squares (L ) and the comparable least absolute 2 deviations (L ) and minimax absolute deviations (Loo) tactics. those conventional line J becoming approaches are, after all, additionally addressed in traditional statistical textbooks, however the dialogue in their old history is mostly tremendous moderate, if now not completely absent. the current booklet enhances the research of those tactics given in S.M. Stigler'S very good paintings The heritage of information: The Quantification of Uncertainty earlier than 1900. although, the current ebook provides a extra distinct account of the algebraic constitution underlying those conventional becoming methods. it really is expected that readers of the current booklet will receive a transparent knowing of the ancient historical past to those and different established statistical techniques. extra, a cautious attention of the wide range of specific techniques to a specific subject, resembling the strategy of least squares, will provide the reader important insights into the fundamental nature of the chosen topic.