Mendel's too good data in Pisum-experiments


Weiling, F.

Folia Mendeliana 6: 75-77

1971


R.A. Fisher found that Mendel's data were too similar to the expected values assuming random variation and suggested possible explanations for this. In considering these explanations, it is pointed out that faking is unlikely with someone like Mendel and there is no evidence that he had an assistant who adjusted the data. Moreover, it is thought that if the experiments had been just a demonstration of theoretically derived conclusions, Mendel would have stated this.