Philosophical Foundations for Statistical Inference: Bayesianism vs. Frequentism

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Course Description

Although statistical techniques are employed in virtually every scientific discipline, there are still several unresolved debates concerning the foundations of statistics. For example, there is considerable disagreement about the value of random sampling and whether the rule for terminating an experiment ought to affect the interpretation of its results. This course is an introduction to these issues and others concerning proper experimental design and norms for statistical/inductive inference. We will focus on the differences between the so-called ``frequentist'' and ``Bayesian'' paradigms and the arguments offered in favor of each.

Course Files

The lecture slides are posted on the Facebook page and here.