Date of Original Version

2-1-2011

Type

Article

PubMed ID

21841892

Rights Management

© Institute of Mathematical Statistics, 2011

Abstract or Description

Statistics has moved beyond the frequentist-Bayesian controversies of the past. Where does this leave our ability to interpret results? I suggest that a philosophy compatible with statistical practice, labelled here statistical pragmatism, serves as a foundation for inference. Statistical pragmatism is inclusive and emphasizes the assumptions that connect statistical models with observed data. I argue that introductory courses often mis-characterize the process of statistical inference and I propose an alternative "big picture" depiction.

DOI

10.1214/10-STS337

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Statistical science, 26, 1, 1-9.