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Objectivity in Statistics: “Arguments From Discretion and 3 Reactions”

March 21, 2015
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Objectivity in Statistics:  “Arguments From Discretion and 3 Reactions”

We constantly hear that procedures of inference are inescapably subjective because of the latitude of human judgment as it bears on the collection, modeling, and interpretation of data. But this is seriously equivocal: Being the product of a human subject is hardly the same as being subjective, at least not in the sense we are […]

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Stephen Senn: The pathetic P-value (Guest Post)

March 16, 2015
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Stephen Senn: The pathetic P-value (Guest Post)

Stephen Senn Head of Competence Center for Methodology and Statistics (CCMS) Luxembourg Institute of Health The pathetic P-value This is the way the story is now often told. RA Fisher is the villain. Scientists were virtuously treading the Bayesian path, when along came Fisher and gave them P-values, which they gladly accepted, because they could […]

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All She Wrote (so far): Error Statistics Philosophy: 3.5 years on

March 12, 2015
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All She Wrote (so far): Error Statistics Philosophy: 3.5 years on

  Error Statistics Philosophy: Blog Contents (3.5 years) By: D. G. Mayo [i] September 2011 (9/3) Frequentists in Exile: The Purpose of this Blog (9/3) Overheard at the comedy hour at the Bayesian retreat (9/4) Drilling Rule #1 (9/9) Kuru (9/13) In Exile, Clinging to Old Ideas? (9/15) SF conferences & E. Lehmann (9/16) Getting It Right But for the Wrong Reason (9/20) A Highly Anomalous Event […]

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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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