Tag Archives: cliometrics

Why people study statistics

It’s no secret around the place that I’m a bit of a cricket nerd, but my childhood fondness for cricket opened the door to a whole field of knowledge: that field was statistics, and to this day it’s the only area of mathematics in which I dare claim any competency. Batting averages. Bowling averages. Run […]

Some melancholy cliometrics

Often, the historian does not have what he wants, but what he gets. Consider the ancient world. The Roman Empire was a large affair, a huge, literate, rationally administered, urbanized fact, extending over at least six centuries. From it their survive 10 million words in Latin, and 100 million in Greek. Of these, 90% are […]