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May 1998 R. A. Fisher in the 21st century (Invited paper presented at the 1996 R. A. Fisher Lecture)
Bradley Efron
Statist. Sci. 13(2): 95-122 (May 1998). DOI: 10.1214/ss/1028905930


Fisher is the single most important figure in 20th century statistics. This talk examines his influence on modern statistical thinking, trying to predict how Fisherian we can expect the 21st century to be. Fisher's philosophy is characterized as a series of shrewd compromises between the Bayesian and frequentist viewpoints, augmented by some unique characteristics that are particularly useful in applied problems. Several current research topics are examined with an eye toward Fisherian influence, or the lack of it, and what this portends for future statistical developments. Based on the 1996 Fisher lecture, the article closely follows the text of that talk.


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Bradley Efron. "R. A. Fisher in the 21st century (Invited paper presented at the 1996 R. A. Fisher Lecture)." Statist. Sci. 13 (2) 95 - 122, May 1998.


Published: May 1998
First available in Project Euclid: 9 August 2002

zbMATH: 1074.01536
MathSciNet: MR1647499
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/ss/1028905930

Keywords: Bayes , bootstrap , confidence intervals , Empirical Bayes , Fiducial , frequentist , Model selection , statistical inference

Rights: Copyright © 1998 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Vol.13 • No. 2 • May 1998
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