• Robert F. Boruch
  • Robert W. Pearson
Part of the Lecture Notes in Statistics book series (LNS, volume 38)


During the 13th Century, a vigorous argument among Middle Eastern rabbis concerned how one ought to make a fair assessment of an olive crop value for tithing purposes. Should one consolidate the crop, systematically mix the olives, and then conscientiously draw a small random sample? Or, might one simply grab a handful of olives from the nearest basket and make an estimate of the crop’s worth.


Research Design Longitudinal Survey Extensive Pursuit Vigorous Argument Sample Probability Design 
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  • Robert W. Pearson

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