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## Newcomb's Measurements of the Passage Time of Light

### Description

A numeric vector giving the Third Series of measurements of the
passage time of light recorded
by Newcomb in 1882. The given values divided by 1000 plus 24 give the
time in millionths of a second for light to traverse a known distance.
The “true” value is now considered to be 33.02.

### Usage

newcomb

### Source

S. M. Stigler (1973)
Simon Newcombe, Percy Daniell, and the history of robust estimation
1885–1920.
*Journal of the American Statistical Association*
**68**, 872–879

R. G. Staudte and S. J. Sheather (1990)
*Robust Estimation and Testing.*
Wiley

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*MASS* version 7.2-23

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