[R] Michaelson-Morley Speed of Light Data

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Apr 11 14:26:43 CEST 2012

On 11/04/2012 12:42, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> On 12-04-11 12:43 AM, Křištof Želechovski wrote:
>> <URL: http://finzi.psych.upenn.edu/R/library/datasets/html/morley.html>
>> "The classical data of Michaelson and Morley on the speed of light"
>> Can you provide more information about the data? How were they obtained,
>> etc.? I do not have the book "Genstat Primer" and the nearest location
>> where
>> it is available is University of York which is rather far from my
>> location.
> If you can't find the cited reference, I'd try Google. For instance, it
> led me to this page
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Michelsonmorley-boxplot.svg
> which appears to show five series.

Yes, but that is derived from R.

AFAIR the history, Bill Venables got this from Weekes (1986), a book I 
have only ever seen in Adelaide.  A better reference is

      S. M. Stigler (1977) Do robust estimators work with real data?
      Annals of Statistics 5, 1055–1098. (See Table 6.)

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