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‘Statistics relevant to every activity'

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It can be used even for detection of fake notes and stamp papers: C.R. Rao

— PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR

Eminent Statistician C.R. Rao inaugurating a computer lab at Andhra Loyola College in Vijayawada on Saturday.

VIJAYAWADA: Statistics as a discipline could be effectively used to control corruption provided the government appoints statisticians in different committees, said eminent statistician C.R. Rao here on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters during his visit to the research and reference library of Vijayawada Book Festival Society on Gopala Reddy road, Prof. Rao said that statistics was relevant to practically every human activity.

It could be used in detection of fake notes and fake stamp papers, and to establish the authorship of great classics like ‘Arthasastra', he added.

“While it is generally believed that Kautilya authored Arthasastra, statistical approach proves that as many as four different authors compiled this classic. It is not clear whether Kautilya is one among them,” Prof. Rao said. Other similar controversies like those pertaining to the works of Shakespeare could also be solved with the help of statistics.

Judges sometimes use statistical approach in paternity suits, Prof. Rao said, adding in a rather lighter vein that the sincerity in the statements of ministers could also be established. JNTU-Kakinanda Vice-Chancellor Allam Appa Rao said that the JNTU-K was encouraging its students of all disciplines to learn statistics.

The university entered into an agreement with CR Rao Advanced Institute for Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Hyderabad, for this purpose.

Institute director S.B. Rao, VBFS secretary D. Ashok Kumar and others were present.

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