R Dataset / Package datasets / discoveries


On this Picostat.com statistics page, you will find information about the discoveries data set which pertains to Yearly Numbers of Important Discoveries. The discoveries data set is found in the datasets R package. You can load the discoveries data set in R by issuing the following command at the console data("discoveries"). This will load the data into a variable called discoveries. If R says the discoveries data set is not found, you can try installing the package by issuing this command install.packages("datasets") and then attempt to reload the data. If you need to download R, you can go to the R project website. You can download a CSV (comma separated values) version of the discoveries R data set. The size of this file is about 723 bytes.

Yearly Numbers of Important Discoveries


The numbers of “great” inventions and scientific discoveries in each year from 1860 to 1959.




A time series of 100 values.


The World Almanac and Book of Facts, 1975 Edition, pages 315–318.


McNeil, D. R. (1977) Interactive Data Analysis. Wiley.


plot(discoveries, ylab = "Number of important discoveries",
     las = 1)
title(main = "discoveries data set")

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Attachment Size
dataset-43329.csv 723 bytes
Dataset License
GNU General Public License v2.0
Documentation License
GNU General Public License v2.0