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Msc Kvetch: “You are a Medical Statistic”, or “How Medical Care Is Being Corrupted”

November 22, 2014
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Msc Kvetch: “You are a Medical Statistic”, or “How Medical Care Is Being Corrupted”

A NYT op-ed the other day,”How Medical Care Is Being Corrupted” (by Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman, physicians on the faculty of Harvard Medical School), gives a good sum-up of what I fear is becoming the new normal, even under so-called “personalized medicine”.  “It is obsolete for the doctor to approach each patient strictly as an individual; medical decisions should […]

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Erich Lehmann: Statistician and Poet

November 21, 2014
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Erich Lehmann: Statistician and Poet

Memory Lane 1 Year (with update): Today is Erich Lehmann’s birthday. The last time I saw him was at the Second Lehmann conference in 2004, at which I organized a session on philosophical foundations of statistics (including David Freedman and D.R. Cox). I got to know Lehmann, Neyman’s first student, in 1997.  One day, I […]

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Lucien Le Cam: “The Bayesians Hold the Magic”

November 18, 2014
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Lucien Le Cam: “The Bayesians Hold the Magic”

Today is the birthday of Lucien Le Cam (Nov. 18, 1924-April 25,2000): Please see my updated 2013 post on him.  Filed under: Bayesian/frequentist, Statistics

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Why the Law of Likelihood is bankrupt–as an account of evidence

November 15, 2014
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Why the Law of Likelihood is bankrupt–as an account of evidence

There was a session at the Philosophy of Science Association meeting last week where two of the speakers, Greg Gandenberger and Jiji Zhang had insightful things to say about the “Law of Likelihood” (LL)[i]. Recall from recent posts here and here that the (LL) regards data x as evidence supporting H1 over H0   iff Pr(x; H1) > Pr(x; H0). On many accounts, […]

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A biased report of the probability of a statistical fluke: Is it cheating?

November 13, 2014
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A biased report of the probability of a statistical fluke: Is it cheating?

 One year ago I reblogged a post from Matt Strassler, “Nature is Full of Surprises” (2011). In it he claims that [Statistical debate] “often boils down to this: is the question that you have asked in applying your statistical method the most even-handed, the most open-minded, the most unbiased question that you could possibly ask? It’s not asking whether […]

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“Statistical Flukes, the Higgs Discovery, and 5 Sigma” at the PSA

November 9, 2014
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“Statistical Flukes, the Higgs Discovery, and 5 Sigma” at the PSA

We had an excellent discussion at our symposium yesterday: “How Many Sigmas to Discovery? Philosophy and Statistics in the Higgs Experiments” with Robert Cousins, Allan Franklin and Kent Staley. Slides from my presentation, “Statistical Flukes, the Higgs Discovery, and 5 Sigma” are posted below (we each only had 20 minutes, so this is clipped,but much came out in the discussion). […]

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Oxford Gaol: Statistical Bogeymen

October 31, 2014
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Oxford Gaol: Statistical Bogeymen

Memory Lane: 3 years ago. Oxford Jail (also called Oxford Castle) is an entirely fitting place to be on (and around) Halloween! Moreover, rooting around this rather lavish set of jail cells (what used to be a single cell is now a dressing room) is every bit as conducive to philosophical reflection as is exile on Elba! (It […]

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Oxford Gaol: Statistical Bogeymen

October 31, 2014
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Oxford Gaol: Statistical Bogeymen

Memory Lane: 3 years ago. Oxford Jail (also called Oxford Castle) is an entirely fitting place to be on (and around) Halloween! Moreover, rooting around this rather lavish set of jail cells (what used to be a single cell is now a dressing room) is every bit as conducive to philosophical reflection as is exile on Elba! (It […]

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3 YEARS AGO: MONTHLY MEMORY LANE

October 25, 2014
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3 YEARS AGO: MONTHLY MEMORY LANE

MONTHLY MEMORY LANE: 3 years ago: October 2011 (I mark in red 3 posts that seem most apt for general background on key issues in this blog*) (10/3) Part 2 Prionvac: The Will to Understand Power (10/4) Part 3 Prionvac: How the Reformers Should Have done Their Job (10/5) Formaldehyde Hearing: How to Tell the Truth With Statistically Insignificant Results (10/7) Blogging […]

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September 2014: Blog Contents

October 23, 2014
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September 2014: Blog Contents

September 2014: Error Statistics Philosophy Blog Table of Contents  Compiled by Jean A. Miller (9/30) Letter from George (Barnard) (9/27) Should a “Fictionfactory” peepshow be barred from a festival on “Truth and Reality”? Diederik Stapel says no (rejected post) (9/23) G.A. Barnard: The Bayesian “catch-all” factor: probability vs likelihood (9/21) Statistical Theater of the Absurd: “Stat on a […]

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