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August 1997 What did Fisher mean by "inverse probability" in 1912--1922?
A. W. F. Edwards
Statist. Sci. 12(3): 177-184 (August 1997). DOI: 10.1214/ss/1030037907


The method of maximum likelihood was introduced by R. A. Fisher in 1912, but not until 1922 under that name. This paper seeks to elucidate what Fisher understood by the phrase "inverse probability," which he used in various ways before defining "likelihood" in 1921 to clarify his meaning.


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A. W. F. Edwards. "What did Fisher mean by "inverse probability" in 1912--1922?." Statist. Sci. 12 (3) 177 - 184, August 1997.


Published: August 1997
First available in Project Euclid: 22 August 2002

zbMATH: 0955.62526
MathSciNet: MR1617520
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/ss/1030037907

Keywords: History of statistics , inverse probability , likelihood , R.A. Fisher

Rights: Copyright © 1997 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

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