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A puzzle about the latest test ban (or ‘don’t ask don’t tell’)

March 6, 2015
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A puzzle about the latest test ban (or ‘don’t ask don’t tell’)

A large number of people have sent me articles on the “test ban” of statistical hypotheses tests and confidence intervals at a journal called Basic and Applied Social Psychology (BASP)[i]. Enough. One person suggested that since it came so close to my recent satirical Task force post, that I either had advance knowledge or some kind […]

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“Probabilism as an Obstacle to Statistical Fraud-Busting”

March 1, 2015
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“Probabilism as an Obstacle to Statistical Fraud-Busting”

“Is the Philosophy of Probabilism an Obstacle to Statistical Fraud Busting?” was my presentation at the 2014 Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science):“Revisiting the Foundations of Statistics in the Era of Big Data: Scaling Up to Meet the Challenge.”    As often happens, I never put these slides into a stand alone paper. But I have […]

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Big Data Is The New Phrenology?

February 27, 2015
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Big Data Is The New Phrenology?

Originally posted on mathbabe:Have you ever heard of phrenology? It was, once upon a time, the “science” of measuring someone’s skull to understand their intellectual capabilities. This sounds totally idiotic but was a huge fucking deal in the mid-1800’s, and really didn’t stop getting some credit until much later. I know that because I…

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3 YEARS AGO: (FEBRUARY 2012) MEMORY LANE

February 25, 2015
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3 YEARS AGO: (FEBRUARY 2012) MEMORY LANE

MONTHLY MEMORY LANE: 3 years ago: February 2012. I am to mark in red three posts (or units) that seem most apt for general background on key issues in this blog. Given our Fisher reblogs, we’ve already seen many this month. So, I’m marking in red (1) The Triad, and (2) the Unit on Spanos’ misspecification tests. Plase see those posts for […]

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Sir Harold Jeffreys’ (tail area) one-liner: Saturday night comedy (b)

February 22, 2015
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Sir Harold Jeffreys’ (tail area) one-liner: Saturday night comedy (b)

This headliner appeared before, but to a sparse audience, so Management’s giving him another chance… His joke relates to both Senn’s post (about alternatives), and to my recent post about using (1 – β)/α as a likelihood ratio--but for very different reasons. (I’ve explained at the bottom of this “(b) draft”.)  ….If you look closely, you’ll see that it’s […]

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Stephen Senn: Fisher’s Alternative to the Alternative

February 19, 2015
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Stephen Senn: Fisher’s Alternative to the Alternative

As part of the week of recognizing R.A.Fisher (February 17, 1890 – July 29, 1962), I reblog Senn from 3 years ago.   ‘Fisher’s alternative to the alternative’ By: Stephen Senn [2012 marked] the 50th anniversary of RA Fisher’s death. It is a good excuse, I think, to draw attention to an aspect of his philosophy of […]

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R. A. Fisher: How an Outsider Revolutionized Statistics (Aris Spanos)

February 17, 2015
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R. A. Fisher: How an Outsider Revolutionized Statistics (Aris Spanos)

In recognition of R.A. Fisher’s birthday…. ‘R. A. Fisher: How an Outsider Revolutionized Statistics’ by Aris Spanos Few statisticians will dispute that R. A. Fisher (February 17, 1890 – July 29, 1962) is the father of modern statistics; see Savage (1976), Rao (1992). Inspired by William Gosset’s (1908) paper on the Student’s t finite sampling […]

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R.A. Fisher: ‘Two New Properties of Mathematical Likelihood’: Just before breaking up (with N-P)

February 16, 2015
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R.A. Fisher: ‘Two New Properties of Mathematical Likelihood’: Just before breaking up (with N-P)

In recognition of R.A. Fisher’s birthday tomorrow, I will post several entries on him. I find this (1934) paper to be intriguing –immediately before the conflicts with Neyman and Pearson erupted. It represents essentially the last time he could take their work at face value, without the professional animosities that almost entirely caused, rather than being caused by, the apparent […]

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Continuing the discussion on truncation, Bayesian convergence and testing of priors

February 16, 2015
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Continuing the discussion on truncation, Bayesian convergence and testing of priors

My post “What’s wrong with taking (1 – β)/α, as a likelihood ratio comparing H0 and H1?” gave rise to a set of comments that were mostly off topic but interesting in their own right. Being too long to follow, I put what appears to be the last group of comments here, starting with Matloff’s query. […]

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Continuing the discussion on truncation, Bayesian convergence and testing of priors

February 16, 2015
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Continuing the discussion on truncation, Bayesian convergence and testing of priors

My post “What’s wrong with taking (1 – β)/α, as a likelihood ratio comparing H0 and H1?” gave rise to a set of comments that were mostly off topic but interesting in their own right. Being too long to follow, I put what appears to be the last group of comments here, starting with Matloff’s query. […]

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