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What was the first table of random numbers of any sort?

The best I can do is Tippett and Pearson's Random Sampling Numbers of 1927.

Can anybody identify an earlier table?

Thanks for any insight.

Cheers, Scott

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    $\begingroup$ The review by C R Rao of the book, The Making of Statisticians (edited by J. Gani), says of that 1927 book, "Such a book could not have been published before the twentieth century when scientific theories were conceived in a deterministic framework." $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Jun 27 '12 at 23:44
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    $\begingroup$ If you don't get answers here at MO (say, in the next few days), you might want to post your question at stats.stackexchange.com , making sure you provide links from one question to another. $\endgroup$ – Joel Reyes Noche Jun 28 '12 at 9:25
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Erastus De Forest's 1876 booklet on Interpolation and Adjustment of Series has an early table of random numbers on page 18, or in columns (5) and (6) of the below. Stephen Stigler's article on Stochastic Simulation in the 19th Century discusses this, and also work by George Darwin, Francis Galton, and William Gosset.

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