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Announcing Kent Staley’s new book, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (CUP)

December 17, 2014
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Announcing Kent Staley’s new book, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (CUP)

Kent Staley has written a clear and engaging introduction to PhilSci that manages to blend the central key topics of philosophy of science with current philosophy of statistics. Quite possibly, Staley explains Error Statistics more clearly in many ways than I do in his 10 page section, 9.4. CONGRATULATIONS STALEY* You can get this book for free […]

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Announcing Kent Staley’s new book, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (CUP)

December 17, 2014
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Announcing Kent Staley’s new book, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (CUP)

Kent Staley has written a clear and engaging introduction to PhilSci that manages to blend the central key topics of philosophy of science with current philosophy of statistics. Quite possibly, Staley explains Error Statistics more clearly in many ways than I do in his 10 page section, 9.4. CONGRATULATIONS STALEY* You can get this book for free […]

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S. Stanley Young: Are there mortality co-benefits to the Clean Power Plan? It depends. (Guest Post)

December 13, 2014
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S. Stanley Young: Are there mortality co-benefits to the Clean Power Plan? It depends. (Guest Post)

  S. Stanley Young, PhD Assistant Director Bioinformatics National Institute of Statistical Sciences Research Triangle Park, NC Are there mortality co-benefits to the Clean Power Plan? It depends. Some years ago, I listened to a series of lectures on finance. The professor would ask a rhetorical question, pause to give you some time to think, […]

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Msc. Kvetch: What does it mean for a battle to be “lost by the media”?

December 11, 2014
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Msc. Kvetch: What does it mean for a battle to be “lost by the media”?

1.  What does it mean for a debate to be “media driven” or a battle to be “lost by the media”? In my last post, I noted that until a few weeks ago, I’d never heard of a “power morcellator.” Nor had I heard of the AAGL–The American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. In an article “Battle over […]

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How power morcellators inadvertently spread uterine cancer

December 7, 2014
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How power morcellators inadvertently spread uterine cancer

Until a few weeks ago, I’d never even heard of a “power morcellator.” Nor was I aware of the controversy that has pitted defenders of a woman’s right to choose a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure in removing fibroids—enabled by the power morcellator–and those who decry the danger it poses in spreading an undetected uterine cancer throughout a […]

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“Probing with Severity: Beyond Bayesian Probabilism and Frequentist Performance” (Dec 3 Seminar slides)

December 5, 2014
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“Probing with Severity: Beyond Bayesian Probabilism and Frequentist Performance” (Dec 3 Seminar slides)

Below are the slides from my Rutgers seminar for the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics yesterday, since some people have been asking me for them. The abstract is here. I don’t know how explanatory a bare outline like this can be, but I’d be glad to try and answer questions[i]. I am impressed at how interested in foundational matters I […]

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My Rutgers Seminar: tomorrow, December 3, on philosophy of statistics

December 2, 2014
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My Rutgers  Seminar: tomorrow, December 3, on philosophy of statistics

I’ll be talking about philosophy of statistics tomorrow afternoon at Rutgers University, in the Statistics and Biostatistics Department, if you happen to be in the vicinity and are interested. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS AND BIOSTATISTICS www.stat.rutgers.edu Seminar Speaker:     Professor Deborah Mayo, Virginia Tech Title:           Probing with Severity: Beyond […]

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3 YEARS AGO: MONTHLY (Nov.) MEMORY LANE

November 30, 2014
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3 YEARS AGO: MONTHLY (Nov.) MEMORY LANE

MONTHLY MEMORY LANE: 3 years ago: November 2011. I mark in red 3 posts that seem most apt for general background on key issues in this blog.* (11/1) RMM-4:“Foundational Issues in Statistical Modeling: Statistical Model Specification and Validation*” by Aris Spanos, in Rationality, Markets, and Morals (Special Topic: Statistical Science and Philosophy of Science: Where Do/Should They Meet?”) (11/3) Who is Really Doing the […]

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How likelihoodists exaggerate evidence from statistical tests

November 25, 2014
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How likelihoodists exaggerate evidence from statistical tests

Have you ever noticed that some leading advocates of a statistical account, say a testing account A, upon discovering account A is unable to handle a certain kind of important testing problem that a rival testing account, account B, has no trouble at all with, will mount an argument that being able to handle that kind of problem […]

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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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