Statistical Science

R. A. Fisher on the History of Inverse Probability

Sandy Zabell

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Abstract

R. A. Fisher's account of the decline of inverse probability methods during the latter half of the 19th century identifies Boole, Venn and Chrystal as the key figures in this change. Careful examination of these and other writings of the period, however, reveals a different and much more complex picture. Contrary to Fisher's account, inverse methods--at least in modified form--remained theoretically respectable until the 1920's, when the work of Fisher and then Neyman caused their eclipse for the next quarter century.

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Source
Statist. Sci. Volume 4, Number 3 (1989), 247-256.

Dates
First available: 19 April 2007

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http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1177012488

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Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/ss/1177012488

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR1015275

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
0955.01501

Citation

Zabell, Sandy. R. A. Fisher on the History of Inverse Probability. Statistical Science 4 (1989), no. 3, 247--256. doi:10.1214/ss/1177012488. http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1177012488.


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  • See Comment: Robin L. Plackett. [R. A. Fisher on the History of Inverse Probability]: Comment. Statist. Sci., Volume 4, Number 3 (1989), 256--258.
  • See Comment: G. A. Barnard. [R. A. Fisher on the History of Inverse Probability]: Comment. Statist. Sci., Volume 4, Number 3 (1989), 258--260.
  • See Comment: Sandy Zabell. [R. A. Fisher on the History of Inverse Probability]: Rejoinder. Statist. Sci., Volume 4, Number 3 (1989), 261--263.