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In these democratic days, any investigation into the trustworthiness and peculiarities of popular judgments is of interest.1
Sir Francis Galton (1822–1911) is credited with popularising ‘The Wisdom of Crowds’. Attending the West of England Fat Stock and Poultry Exhibition in Plymouth, he noted that the actual weight of an ox was within 1% of the median …
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