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Series III. Research, 1927-2000

Scope and Content Notes:

Series III covers de Finetti's research activities. Five research areas were identified and are divided into following subseries: 1. Probability Theory and Statistics, 2. Philosophy of Probability Theory and Philosophy of Science, 3. Applied Research, 4. Actuarial Science, and 5. Writings and Teachings in Economics.

Subseries 1. Probability Theory and Statistics, 1928-1983

Scope and Content Notes:

Featured are many drafts and typescripts by de Finetti and others, lecture and teaching notes; correspondence with Beniamino Segre, Herman Chernoff, Ennio Persico, Antonino Gennaro, Francesco Paolo Cantelli, and Jimmie Savage; and contributions to various conferences and workshops.


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Folder 1 "Eventi dipendenti (Equivalenti, ecc)", 1928-1933
Folder 2 "Funz. aleatorie", 1927-1938
Folder 3 "Logica insiemi assiomatica", 1938-1960
Folder 4 Articles and Typescripts by de Finetti and Others on Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Probability, 1946-1947
Folder 5 "Concetti per lo studio delle distribuzioni", 1953
Folder 6 "College Entrance", 1960-1966
Folder 7 "Chernoff", 1961-1965
Folder 8 Notes on Probability, 1959-1970
Folder 9 "Probabilità Padova 1937", 1933-1944
Folder 10 Teaching of Probability Theory At the University of Trieste, 1932-1933
Folder 11 Course on Probability Calculus at the University of Padova, 1937-1938
Folder 12 "Dispense Padova: Corrispondenza e appunti dal 1939 Antonino Gennaro ecc.", 1939-1969
Folder 13 Course Notes on Probability Calculus, 1962-1963
Folder 14 Bressanone Workshop: Notes from Lectures by de Finetti and Jimmie Savage, 1961
Folder 15 De Finetti's Lecture at the Istituto Universitario Studi Europei in Turin, 1954
Folder 16 Course on Probability Theory at the Politecnico di Milano, 1966-1967
Folder 17 "Londra 1969", 1968-1969
Folder 18 Seminar "Matematica Finanziaria ed Attuariale" and Notes on Probability Calculus, 1959, 1970
Folder 19 Annotated page proofs of "Sul modo di scegliere le probabilità' iniziali" by de Finetti and Jimmie Savage, 1962
Folder 20 Annotated page proofs of "The Ability of Different Response and Scoring Methods to Discriminate Levels of Partial Knowledge on a Test Item" by de Finetti, 1963-1965
Folder 21 Annotated article by de Finetti "Bayesianism: Its Unifying Role for Both the Foundations and the Applications of Statistics", 1973
Folder 22 De Finetti's Remarks at the Conference on the Foundations of Statistical Inference, Florence, 1977-1978
Folder 23-25 Page Proofs of Probabilità e induzione - Induction and Probability (Part 1-3) by de Finetti, no date
Folder 26 "Sull' impostazione assiomatica c.d.p.", 1942, 1947
Folder 27 "Documentazione per il Prof. de Finetti", 1980-1981
Folder 28 Mathematical Notes on Statistics, Game Theory, and Probability Theory, 1968
Folder 29 "Francia", 1931-1941
Folder 30 "Diversi", 1952-1953
Folder 31 "Chernoff", 1961
Folder 32-34 Concorso pronostici calcio: Experiments on Personal Estimates of Probability, 1961-1969
Folder 35 Ultrafiltri, 1977-1978
Folder 36 Notes on Probability, Prevision, and Prediction, 1982-1983
Folder 37 Reviews of de Finetti's Works, 1937, 1974-1977

Subseries 2. Philosophy of Probability Theory Philosophy of Science, 1927-2000

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains many lectures notes, drafts, and discussions on research papers with, among others, R.M. Frechet, Jerzy Neyman, Jimmie Leonard Savage, Leon Henkin, I.J. Good, George Polya, Stanislav Ulam, and Franz Kutschera.


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Folder 1 "Centro studi metodologici Torino 1949", 1949
Folder 2 "Logica plurivalente", 1927-1935
Folder 3 Congrès International de Philosophie des Sciences, Paris, 1949-1950
Folder 4 "Unesco", 1954-1955
Folder 5 "Henkin 1956", 1956
Folder 6 "Psicologia e probabilità", 1956-1957
Folder 7 "Half-Baked Ideas Per Good", 1961-1962
Folder 8 "Poppi 1966", 1966
Folder 9 "Norges", 1970, 1977
Folder 10 Accademia dei Lincei Lectures: "La probabilità, ossia 'del ragionamento plausibile'", 1973-1975
Folder 11 "Probab. Concez. Moderna - Conf. Sem. Mat." no date
Folder 12 "Probability: Philosophy and Interpretation. An Article for the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences.", 1963, 2000
Folder 13 Various Writings on Probability by de Finetti, 1970-1977
Folder 14 "Miei scritti", 1976-1983
Folder 15 Article on Probability for Enciclopedia Einaudi, 1977
Folder 16 Notes on Interpretations of Probability, 1973-1980
Folder 17 "Einaudi: Probabilità capitolo II (fotocopia)", 1979
Folder 18 "Ulam 1963-64", 1963-1964
Folder 19 "Loinger:" Correspondence with A. Loinger and Luigi Lugiato, 1970-1971
Folder 20 "Kutschera-Stegmüller-Hamburg", 1971-1973

Subseries 3. Applied Research, 1930-1976

Scope and Content Notes:

Material comprised in this subseries documents de Finetti's work in applied research, often in projects of the public and private sector such as business mechanization and administrative computer applications, as well as soccer betting, and in discussions at various workshops and conferences. It also features correspondence with Beniamino Segre, Mauro Picone, and Mario Dolcher.


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Folder 1 "IBM AG TS-VB:" IBM Seminar on Mechanization of Insurance Companies held at Blaricum, October 29-31, 1963
Folder 2 "Teddington 1953:" Symposium on Digital Computation held at Teddington, London, March 1953
Folder 3-4 "Ministero Finanze:" Project on Unified Coding System for Government and Tax Records, 1963-1965
Folder 5 "Varie E 42 calcio:" Algorithm for a Soccer Championship Calendar and contest to improve Rome's Public Transportation System, 1931-1939
Folder 6 Article "Stratificazioni convesse", 1949
Folder 7 De Finetti's Research Proposal on Electronic Computing, Article on Mathematics and Science Education, and his Appointment as Court Expert, no date
Folder 8 "Analisi: periodi PICONE:" Picone's Work on Harmonic Analysis, 1954
Folder 9 "Lange:" de Finetti's Contribution to Memorial Lectures on Cybernetic and System Behavior in Honor of Oskar Lange, 1966
Folder 10 De Finetti's Entry on Mathematics for Enciclopedia Garzanti and Project for Mathematics Textbook, 1963-1965
Folder 11 "Dispense Analisi TS.:" Three Course Packets by de Finetti, Mario Daboni, and Mario Dolcher and Academic Business at the University of Trieste, 1946-1948
Folder 12-13 "Filosofia:" De Finetti's Notes and Correspondence on Philosophical Subjects such as Freedom of Will, Ethics, Epistemology, Human Nature, Mind-Body Problem, and Discussion of Kant's Work, 1944-1948
Folder 14 Convegno di studi di scienza dell' administratizione, Varenna, 26-29 Settembre 1955: Conference on Public Administration Studies, Varenna, 1954-1955
Folder 15 "Centro Risc.:" Creation of a Centro Riscossioni (Centris), a Unified and Automated Center for Collecting Customer Payments for Commercial Institutions, 1948
Folder 16 "Centro Riscossioni SEIM:" Creation of a Unified and Automated Center for Collecting Customer Payments for Commercial Institutions, 1956-1957
Folder 17 "Dispense corso bancario:" Course on Banking Taught by de Finetti at the University of Rome, 1966-1967

Subseries 4. Actuarial Science, 1930-1964

Scope and Content Notes:

Included here are documents on research activities in actuarial sciences such as risk measurement for insurance companies, and financial analysis, accounting, and statistics applied to actuarial sciences; and correspondence with Francesco Paolo Cantelli, Ignazio Messina, Michele Sulfina, Giulio Vivanti, Valentino Arangio-Ruiz, Cesare Bellini, Piero Platone, Riebesell, Guido Marchesini, Francesco Santoro Passarelli, Antigono Donati, Mauro Picone, Gaetano Pietra, Servadei, Fortunati, Ennio Persico, D'Albergo, Filippo Sibirani, Ciocca, and Marcello Signori.


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Folder 1 "Rischio Pieni 1931/IX-1938/XVI; Concorso CNR 1939:" CNR (Centro nazionale delle ricerche) Award for de Finetti's Article "Il problema dei pieni.", 1930-1941
Folder 2 "Sindicati:" Material on Social Security for Workers and Insurance for Layoff Compensation, 1933-1935
Folder 3 "Il problema della perequazione:" de Finetti's Lecture for a SIPS (Società italiana per il progresso delle scienze) Congress at Naples, on "perequazione", a Statistical Technique to Manipulate Raw Data and Make It More Homogeneous, 1934
Folder 4 XIIIième Congrès International d'Actuaires à Amsterdam, 1951
Folder 5 Typscript "Abozzi di stelloncini per la 'Rassegna' " by de Finetti, 1952
Folder 6 Notes on Insurance, 1956
Folder 7 "Corsi professionali", 1938-1940
Folder 8 "Accademia Lincei:" INA Award for Actuarial Sciences to de Finetti and Guiseppe Ottaviani, 1964
Folder 9 "Calcolo delle probabilità, Processi aleatori, Numeri aleatori in generale.", 1941-1944

Subseries 5. Writings and Teachings in Economics, 1930-1978

Scope and Content Notes:

Typescripts, manuscripts, course syllabi, discussion transcriptions, and correspondence primarily document de Finetti's contributions to the field of economics, his participations at various conferences, and his teaching activities. Discussion transcripts record debates between de Finetti, Valli, Ulisse Gobbi, Sergio Bruno, and Figà-Talamanca; and between Malinraud, Durbin, Zellner, Savage, and de Finetti. Among correspondents are Benedetto Barberi, Ugo Amaldi, Carlo Picotti, Francesco Paolo Cantelli, Manlio Udina, Gian Antonio Maggi, Giorgio Colombo, Carlo Fabrizi, Federico Chessa, Bruno Sicherl, Tullio Levi-Civita, Giulio Vivanti, and Giuseppe Guadagnini.


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Folder 1 "Fenomeni da studiare o problemi da risolvere:" Various Writings by de Finetti on Economics and Circulation of de Finetti's Il tragico sofisma, 1934-1945
Folder 2 Writings on Mathematics Applied To Economics, 1956
Folder 3 "Principi e metodi delle scelte economiche:" Talk by de Finetti at a URPT Conference (Unione regionale province Toscane) in Florence, on Principles of Economic Choices, 1969
Folder 4 "Ciclo Urbino 72", 1972-1973
Folder 5 CIME Utopia: De Finetti's lectures at CIME (Centro internazionale matematico estivo) between 1972 and 1977, 1971-1977
Folder 6 CIME Summer Sessions on Mathematical Economics, Econometrics, and Statistical Methods and Inference, 1965-1975
Folder 7 CIME Summer Classes: Various Notes and Correspondence, 1930, 1974-1978
Folder 8 Course on Operational Research at the Istituto superiore per la direzione aziendale, 1958
Folder 9 Università internazionale per gli studi sociali, Rome, 1958-1961
Folder 10 "Politica delle valute e assicurazioni:" Seminars sponsored by the IBM World Trade European Education Centre in Blaricum, Netherlands, and La Tour de Peilz, Switzerland, 1961-1963
Folder 11 Lecture by Guido Carli at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Economici "A. Olivetti", Ancona, 1972