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May 2011 Discussion of “Bayesian Models and Methods in Public Policy and Government Settings” by S. E. Fienberg
David J. Hand
Statist. Sci. 26(2): 227-230 (May 2011). DOI: 10.1214/11-STS331A

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Fienberg convincingly demonstrates that Bayesian models and methods represent a powerful approach to squeezing illumination from data in public policy settings. However, no school of inference is without its weaknesses, and, in the face of the ambiguities, uncertainties, and poorly posed questions of the real world, perhaps we should not expect to find a formally correct inferential strategy which can be universally applied, whatever the nature of the question: we should not expect to be able to identify a “norm” approach. An analogy is made between George Box’s “no models are right, but some are useful,” and inferential systems.

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David J. Hand. "Discussion of “Bayesian Models and Methods in Public Policy and Government Settings” by S. E. Fienberg." Statist. Sci. 26 (2) 227 - 230, May 2011. https://doi.org/10.1214/11-STS331A

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Published: May 2011
First available in Project Euclid: 1 August 2011

zbMATH: 1246.62047
MathSciNet: MR2858385
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/11-STS331A

Rights: Copyright © 2011 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

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