From its earliest days, the statistics department was regarded as the backbone of social sciences at LSE.
This branch of mathematics which involves collecting and interpreting data, and predicting the probability of future events, was adapted for the social sciences by influential academics such as Sir Arthur Bowley and his successors.
The department rapidly became one of the world's leading centres of quantitative methods in the social sciences, and home to some of the world's most famous and innovative statisticians including Sir Maurice Kendall, Claus Moser, and Roy Allen.
Statistics formed an integrating force, its analysis enhancing scientific methodology in the social sciences and contributing to the creation of a unified perspective.
The department contributed greatly to the development of the discipline, and its application of quantitative methods to economics and economic theory in the 1930s led to the emergence of econometrics.
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