Statistical Science

The Interface Between Statistics and Philosophy of Science

I. J. Good

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Abstract

Many points of contact between statistics and the philosophy of science are reviewed. Some of the topics mentioned are kinds of probability, weight of evidence (corroboration), tail probabilities ($p$-values), Bayes/non-Bayes compromises, "explicativity," induction and probabilistic causality.

Article information

Source
Statist. Sci. Volume 3, Number 4 (1988), 386-397.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

Permanent link to this document
http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1177012754

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/ss/1177012754

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR996411

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
0955.62512

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links.jstor.org

Keywords
Bayes factor Bayes/non-Bayes compromise explicativity harmonic-mean rule of thumb hierarchical Bayes induction penalized likelihood probabilistic causality standardized $p$-values weight of evidence (corroboration)

Citation

Good, I. J. The Interface Between Statistics and Philosophy of Science. Statist. Sci. 3 (1988), no. 4, 386--397. doi:10.1214/ss/1177012754. http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1177012754.


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See also

  • See Comment: Patrick Suppes. [The Interface Between Statistics and Philosophy of Science]: Comment: Causality, Complexity and Determinism. Statist. Sci., Volume 3, Number 4 (1988), 398--400.
  • See Comment: George A. Barnard. [The Interface Between Statistics and Philosophy of Science]: Comment. Statist. Sci., Volume 3, Number 4 (1988), 401--403.
  • See Comment: James O. Berger. The Interface Between Statistics and Philosophy of Science]: Comment. Statist. Sci., Volume 3, Number 4 (1988), 403--404.
  • See Comment: David L. Banks. [The Interface Between Statistics and Philosophy of Science]: Comment. Statist. Sci., Volume 3, Number 4 (1988), 404--406.
  • See Comment: I. J. Good. [The Interface Between Statistics and Philosophy of Science]: Rejoinder. Statist. Sci., Volume 3, Number 4 (1988), 406--412.