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"A case study of the sampling and analysis of bulk material."

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Throughout his career, Acheson Duncan wrote extensively in the field of statistical quality control. With James G. Smith, he co-authored, Elementary Statistics and Applications (1944) and Sampling Statistics and Applications (1945). Duncan's most notable work was his third book, Quality Control and Industrial Statistics, which has had five editions and has been published in both India and Japan.

In Series 5: Writings are examples of Duncan's work on book chapters and for his many published articles. The papers are both holographic and annotated typescript. The chapter numbers and titles have been copied from Duncan's original files. Notes, computations, correspondence, and writings of colleagues, are often included in the files. Some of the chapter titles correspond to Duncan's collaboration with James G. Smith. All of the writings are related to Duncan's major interest in sampling and questions of quality control. Also in the series are drafts of articles which Duncan published in scientific journals. The drafts are filed by title but do not always include dates or full citations. Full citations could be found in bibliographies compiled by Duncan in Series 1, Box 1.


  • 1948-1981

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