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February 2011 Statistical Inference: The Big Picture
Robert E. Kass
Statist. Sci. 26(1): 1-9 (February 2011). DOI: 10.1214/10-STS337

Abstract

Statistics has moved beyond the frequentist-Bayesian controversies of the past. Where does this leave our ability to interpret results? I suggest that a philosophy compatible with statistical practice, labeled here statistical pragmatism, serves as a foundation for inference. Statistical pragmatism is inclusive and emphasizes the assumptions that connect statistical models with observed data. I argue that introductory courses often mischaracterize the process of statistical inference and I propose an alternative “big picture” depiction.

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Robert E. Kass. "Statistical Inference: The Big Picture." Statist. Sci. 26 (1) 1 - 9, February 2011. https://doi.org/10.1214/10-STS337

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Published: February 2011
First available in Project Euclid: 9 June 2011

MathSciNet: MR2849898
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/10-STS337

Rights: Copyright © 2011 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

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