Imagine a time when there weren’t any computers or pocket calculators. A time when statisticians had to rely on good, old-fashioned reasoning and brilliant minds to make sense of the data that was presented to them. This is the time period in which An Introduction to the Theory of Statistics by G. U. Yule and M. G. Kendall was written.
The book is a testament to the brilliant minds that came before us. While we are now blessed with advanced technology and software programs that can calculate complex equations within seconds, this book presents sound and healthy ideas of statistics that are derived from well-reasoned arguments. It’s a wonderful book that every R-lover should read, but sadly, it’s mostly forgotten.