Short's Parallax of the Sun Data

Description

The table below gives James Short's measurements of the parallax of the sun (in seconds of a degree), based on the 1761 transit of Venus. The data were originally published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. The table and descriptive information here are adapted from an article by Stephen Stigler in the Annals of Statistics . The number of cases is 53 and the true value is 8.798. The parallax of the sun is the angle subtended by the earth, as seen from the surface of the sun.

The Parallax of the Sun
Parallax of the Sun
Data
Parallax
8.5
8.5
7.33
8.64
9.27
9.06
9.25
9.09
8.5
8.06
8.43
8.44
8.14
7.68
10.34
8.07
8.36
9.71
8.65
8.35
8.71
8.31
8.36
8.58
7.8
7.71
8.3
9.71
8.5
8.28
9.87
8.86
5.76
8.44
8.23
8.5
8.8
8.4
8.82
9.02
10.57
9.11
8.66
8.34
8.6
7.99
8.58
8.34
9.64
8.34
8.55
9.54
9.07

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