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August, 1989 R. A. Fisher on the History of Inverse Probability
Sandy Zabell
Statist. Sci. 4(3): 247-256 (August, 1989). DOI: 10.1214/ss/1177012488


R. A. Fisher's account of the decline of inverse probability methods during the latter half of the 19th century identifies Boole, Venn and Chrystal as the key figures in this change. Careful examination of these and other writings of the period, however, reveals a different and much more complex picture. Contrary to Fisher's account, inverse methods--at least in modified form--remained theoretically respectable until the 1920's, when the work of Fisher and then Neyman caused their eclipse for the next quarter century.


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Sandy Zabell. "R. A. Fisher on the History of Inverse Probability." Statist. Sci. 4 (3) 247 - 256, August, 1989.


Published: August, 1989
First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

zbMATH: 0955.01501
MathSciNet: MR1015275
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/ss/1177012488

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

Rights: Copyright © 1989 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Vol.4 • No. 3 • August, 1989
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