When Did We Begin to Spell 'Heteros*Edasticity' Correctly?
Ruhr Economic Paper No. 300
26 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2011
Date Written: December 1, 2011
Using digitized texts scanned by Google and subjected to optical character recognition, I show that heteroskedasticity overtook heteroscedasticity as the preferred spelling in 2001 and has continued to dominate, except for 2005, up to 2008. The latest trends indicate that writers are moving toward the k variant. However, for words such as homoskedasticity, heteroskedastic, and homoskedastic, the corresponding spellings using c are still overwhelmingly dominant, albeit slowly shifting.
Keywords: heteroskedasticity, culturomics, Google books, econometric orthography, philology
JEL Classification: A20, B19, B29
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