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Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than an exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise.




John Tukey, 1915–2000, Mathematican, The future of data analysis. Annals of Mathematical Statistics 33 (1), (1962

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John Tukey
John Tukey
  • Born: June 16, 1915
  • Died: July 26, 2000
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Scientist

John Wilder Tukey ForMemRS was an American mathematician best known for development of the FFT algorithm and box plot. The Tukey range test, the Tukey lambda distribution, the Tukey test of additivity, and the Teichmüller–Tukey lemma all bear his name. He is also credited with coining the term 'bit'.

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