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    Post Dating Back To

    Could there be a misusage of 'date back to' in this:

    "While simple log-log plots may be instructive in detecting possible power laws, and have been used dating back to Pareto in the 1890s, validation as a power laws requires more sophisticated statistics."

    The verb phrase 'date back to' means 'begin to exist since', not 'since'. So shouldn't 'dating back to' be replaced with 'since' in the example?

    context info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Log-log_plot#Applications

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    Re: Dating Back To

    Quote Originally Posted by mowow View Post
    Could there be a misusage of 'date back to' in this:

    "While simple log-log plots may be instructive in detecting possible power laws, and have been used dating back to Pareto in the 1890s, validation as a power laws requires more sophisticated statistics."

    The verb phrase 'date back to' means 'begin to exist since', not 'since'. So shouldn't 'dating back to' be replaced with 'since' in the example?

    context info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Log-log_plot#Applications
    No, it's acceptable as it is.
    Buses have had air brakes dating back to the early 20th Century.
    Buses have had air brakes since the early 20th Century.

    Both of the sentences above have the same meaning.

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    Re: Dating Back To

    Clone of banned user.

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