Reference numberRR/16/413
TitleReferee's report by George Ballard Mathews, on a paper 'A property which holds good for all groupings of a normal distribution of frequency for two variables, with applications to the study of contingency, tables for the inheritance of unmeasured qualities' by George Udny Yule
DateDecember 1905
DescriptionSectional Committee: Mathematics

He does not know enough about current work on heredity to express a very decided view on the paper. The author appears to make a point of showing the absence of istotropy in records of eye-colour et cetera, as opposed to records of stature. Thinks it remains to be seen whether these tables are most naturally explained by decomposition after Professor Pearson's method, or by some other law. Just as an infinite Fourirer series may within certain limits represent a very simple, rational function, so a Perason decomposition may involve an infinite number of terms and correspond to a law which may be expressible arithmetically in another, and for some purposes, a simper way. Is inclined to suggest the paper be accepted on the condition that the author condenses it, and states the general results of his examination of biological tables. For the author to print his own tables seems unnecessary.

[Published in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 1906].

Endorsed on verso as received 18 December 1905.
Physical descriptionStandardised form (type A)
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Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rspa.1906.0029
Related records in the catalogueRR/16/411
Fellows associated with this archive
NA170Mathews; George Ballard (1861 - 1922)1861 - 1922
NA1151Yule; George Udny (1871 - 1951)1871 - 1951
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