• Datafile Name: Speed of LightDownload .TXT file
  • Datafile Subject: Famous Datasets, Science,
  • Story names: Estimating the Speed of Light,
  • Reference: Moore, David S., and George P. McCabe (1989). Introduction to the Practice of Statistics. Original source: Stigler, S.M., "Do robust estimators work with real data?" Annals of Statistics, 5 (1977), pp. 1055-1078.
  • Authorization: Contact Authors
  • Description: Simon Newcomb measured the time required for light to travel from his laboratory on the Potomac River to a mirror at the base of the Washington Monument and back, a total distance of about 7400 meters. These measurements were used to estimate the speed of light. The datafile contains the estimated speed of light for 66 trials.
  • Number of Cases 66
  • Variable Names:
    1. Speed_of_Light: Speed of Light

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