"Revisiting a 90-year-old debate: the advantages of the mean deviation"
- Stephen Gorard, Department of Educational Studies, University of York
- presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester, 16-18 September 2004
This paper makes the claim that Std Deviation was chosen as the basis of classical statistics based on stability across samples of the population, and algebraic convenience. It also includes some historical background.
It seems like a valid argument to me, but it would be nice if a statistician could validate the argument and historical record (even if they don't concur with the thesis).