Monday, March 19, 2018

John Tukey, the Bit and Box plot


While working with John von Neumann on early computer designs, John Tukey introduced the word “bit” as a contraction of “binary digit”. The term “bit” was first used in an article by Claude Shannon in 1948.

The term “software”, which Paul Niquette claims he coined in 1953, was first used in print by Tukey in a 1958 article in American Mathematical Monthly, and thus some attribute the term to him;

Tukey also introduced the Box plot in his 1977 book,“Exploratory Data Analysis”.



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