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November 2016 What Does “Propensity” Add?
Jane Hutton
Statist. Sci. 31(4): 549-551 (November 2016). DOI: 10.1214/16-STS585

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Singpurwalla addresses the important challenge of modelling a unique individual. He proposes “propensity” as an approach to describing the reliability or life time of “one of a kind”. My view is that mathematical modelling is only possible when we assume that nonunique features provide sufficient information for statistical prediction to be useful. As far as possible, we should test our assumptions. However, contrary to a popular perception of Hume, we always rely on some beliefs.

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Jane Hutton. "What Does “Propensity” Add?." Statist. Sci. 31 (4) 549 - 551, November 2016. https://doi.org/10.1214/16-STS585

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Published: November 2016
First available in Project Euclid: 19 January 2017

zbMATH: 06946248
MathSciNet: MR3598736
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/16-STS585

Rights: Copyright © 2016 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

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