Teaching the Foundations of Statistics: A Helpful Figure
by Martin Kulldorff
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.
Statistics Education, Model Building, Modelling,
Statistical Inference, Bayesian Statistics, Decision Theory.
N Rao Chaganty
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