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The essay describes how the "representative method" (human population sampling) came to be accepted at the International Statistical Institute.

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The essay is a contribution to the sociological literature on scientific controversy.


My regret is that we do not know more about Kiær. As I say in the paper: perhaps this will encourage Scandinavian scholars to study Kiær and his intellectual development.

Dominic Lusinchi
University of California, Berkeley

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This page is a summary of: Kiær and the rebirth of the representative method: A case‐study in controversy management at the International Statistical Institute (1895–1903), Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, October 2021, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/jhbs.22145.
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