Teaching the Foundations of Statistics: A Helpful Figure

by Martin Kulldorff .

Abstract: In the ever continuing debate regarding basic statistical philosophy, mostly concentrated on the frequentist versus Bayesian view, many statisticians refuse to pick sides. They argue that the different alternatives are useful in various contexts. This poses a challenge to the teaching of statistics, in explaining when to use what approach. In this paper a simple figure is presented that has been found useful in class to illustrate this choice.

Key Words: Statistics Education, Model Building, Modelling, Statistical Inference, Bayesian Statistics, Decision Theory.

Martin Kulldorff, Martin.Kulldorff@statistik.uu.se

Editor: N Rao Chaganty , nrc@math.odu.edu

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