Empirico-Statistical Analysis of Narrative Material and its Applications to Historical Dating: Volume I: The Development of the Statistical Tools Volume II: The Analysis of Ancient and Medieval Records / Edition 1

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These two volumes which concern mathematical statistical chronology represent a major, unique work and are the first of its kind published in the English language.
A comprehensive set of mathematical and statistical techniques is presented for the analysis of chronological data. These include, as main tool, the means to compare texts and other sequential data and the ability to judge them in terms of similarity and, hence, closeness. These techniques constitute a new important trend in applied statistics.
Volume I concentrates mainly on the development of the mathematical statistical tools and their application to astronomical data, including the Almagest and simulated data (to test the validity of the methods). Substantial material dealing with historical data and chronology is also included.
Volume II concentrates on the application of these tools to narrative texts and ancient and medieval records (such as Egyptian, Byzantine, Roman, Greek, Babylonian, etc.). An astonishing wealth of historical data is considered. The conclusions which are drawn concerning the accepted chronological dating of events in ancient history will certainly provoke controversy and serious debate. These two volumes provide the necessary background and material for intelligent participation in such debates.
For statisticians, historians, astronomers, archaeologists, and others with an interest in the integrity of historical dating and the means to analyze this.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792326045
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 12/31/1993
  • Edition description: 1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents - Volume I Foreword. Preface. 1. Problems of Ancient and Medieval Chronology. 2. New Statistical Methods for Dating. 3. New Experimental and Statistical Methods for Dating Events of Ancient History, and their Applications to the Global Chronology of Ancient and Medieval History. Index. Table of Contents - Volume II Introduction. 1. Methods for the Statistical Analysis of Narrative Texts. 2. EnquĂȘte-Codes of Chronological Duplicates and Biographical Parallels. Three Chronological Shifts: The Byzantine-Roman 333-year Shift; the Roman 1,053-year Shift and the Greco-Biblical 1,800-year Shift. Appendix 1. Volume Graphs for the 'Biographies' of the Holy Roman Emperors of the 10-13th cc A.D. Additional Chronological and Statistical Data of Ancient History. Appendix 2. When was Ptolemy's Star Catalogue really Compiled? Various Configurations of the Stars and the Astronomical Dating of the Almagest Star Catalogue. Appendix 3. Dating of the Almagest Based on the Occultation of the Stars by Planets and Lunar Eclipses. Appendix 4. The Dating of the First Oecumenical Council of Nicaea and the Beginning of the Christian Era. Appendix 5. The Well-Known Babylonian Captivity and the Well-Known Avignon Exile of Papacy. Bibliography. Subject Index. Index of Names.

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