The HistData package provides a collection of data sets that are interesting and important in the history of statistics and data visualization. The goal of the package is to make these available, both for instructional use and for historical research.
Some of the data sets have examples which reproduce an historical graph or analysis. These are meant mainly as starters for more extensive re-analysis or graphical elaboration. Some of these present graphical challenges to reproduce in R.
They are part of a program of research called statistical historiography, meaning the use of statistical methods to study problems and questions in the history of statistics and graphics.
Descriptions of each DataSet can be found using
example(DataSet) will likely show applications similar to the
Data sets included in the HistData package are:
Arbuthnot's data on male and female birth ratios in London from 1629-1710
The Spanish Armada
Bowley's data on values of British and Irish trade, 1855-1899
Cavendish's 1798 determinations of the density of the earth
Quetelet's data on chest measurements of Scottish militiamen
William Farr's Data on Cholera in London, 1849
Cushny-Peebles data: Soporific effects of scopolamine derivatives
Edgeworth's counts of dactyls in Virgil's Aeneid
Elderton and Pearson's (1910) data on drinking and wages
Waite's data on Patterns in Fingerprints
Galton's data on the heights of parents and their children
Galton's data on the heights of parents and their children, by family
Data from A.-M. Guerry, "Essay on the Moral Statistics of France"
Halley's Life Table
W. Stanley Jevons' data on numerical discrimination
van Langren's data on longitude distance between Toledo and Rome
Macdonell's data on height and finger length of criminals, used by Gosset (1908)
Michelson's 1879 determinations of the velocity of light
Data from Minard's famous graphic map of Napoleon's march on Moscow
Florence Nightingale's data on deaths from various causes in the Crimean War
Latitudes and Longitudes of 39 Points in 11 Old Maps
Pearson and Lee's 1896 data on the heights of parents and children classified by gender
Polio Field Trials Data on the Salk vaccine
Parent-Duchatelet's time-series data on the number of prostitutes in Paris
Trial of the Pyx
Statistics of Deadly Quarrels
John Snow's map and data on the 1854 London Cholera outbreak
J. F. W. Herschel's data on the oribit of the twin star gamma Virginis
Playfair's data on wages and the price of wheat
Student's (1906) Yeast Cell Counts
Darwin's Heights of Cross- and Self-fertilized Zea May Pairs
Maintainer: Michael Friendly <[email protected]>
Friendly, M. (2007). A Brief History of Data Visualization. In Chen, C., Hardle, W. & Unwin, A. (eds.) Handbook of Computational Statistics: Data Visualization, Springer-Verlag, III, Ch. 1, 1-34.
Friendly, M. & Denis, D. (2001). Milestones in the history of thematic cartography, statistical graphics, and data visualization. http://datavis.ca/milestones/
Friendly, M. & Denis, D. (2005). The early origins and development of the scatterplot. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 41, 103-130.
Friendly, M. & Sigal, M. & Harnanansingh, D. (2016). "The Milestones Project: A Database for the History of Data Visualization," In Kostelnick, C. & Kimball, M. (ed.), Visible Numbers: The History of Data Visualization, Ashgate Press, Chapter 10.
Friendly, M. & Wainer, H. (in progress). The Origin of Graphical Species. Harvard University Press.
Other packages containing data sets of historical interest include:
Guerry-package, containing maps and
other data sets related to Guerry's (1833) Moral Statistics of France.
morsecodes from the (defunct) xgobi package
for data from Rothkopf (1957) on errors in learning morse code, a classical
example for MDS.
The agridat contains a large number of data sets of agricultural data,
including some extra data sets related to
the classical barley data
from Immer (1934):
# see examples for the separate data sets
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