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Probability and Inference in the Works of Corrado Gini
Benito Vittorio Frosini

Last modified: 2015-09-05


The early papers of C. Gini in the years 1907-1911 were mainly devoted to statistical applications of probability. Gini uses probabilities either when they ensue from game structures, or when they are given by relative frequencies in large samples. In the paper of 1911 Gini exposes two procedures in order to obtain posterior probabilities. Both procedures – with applications to demographic phenomena – are commented in detail in this paper. In the final section Gini’s approach to statistical inference is briefly resumed; as it is well known, Gini’ approach to statistical inference was strictly Bayesian, and based on an objective prior distribution.

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