Measuring Statistical Evidence Using Relative Belief

Michael Evans

© 2015 - Chapman and Hall/CRC
Published June 23, 2015
Reference - 250 Pages - 8 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482242799 - CAT# K23403
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Monographs on Statistics & Applied Probability

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  • Presents a logical, coherent framework for conducting statistical analyses that can be implemented in practical and theoretical problems
  • Illustrates relative belief theory using many examples
  • Describes the strengths and weaknesses of the theory
  • Addresses fundamental statistical issues, including the meaning of probability, the role of subjectivity, the meaning of objectivity, the role of infinity and continuity, and the relevance of the concept of utility
  • Explores possible future developments, including the application of the theory to large-scale inference problems


A Sound Basis for the Theory of Statistical Inference

Measuring Statistical Evidence Using Relative Belief provides an overview of recent work on developing a theory of statistical inference based on measuring statistical evidence. It shows that being explicit about how to measure statistical evidence allows you to answer the basic question of when a statistical analysis is correct.

The book attempts to establish a gold standard for how a statistical analysis should proceed. It first introduces basic features of the overall approach, such as the roles of subjectivity, objectivity, infinity, and utility in statistical analyses. It next discusses the meaning of probability and the various positions taken on probability. The author then focuses on the definition of statistical evidence and how it should be measured. He presents a method for measuring statistical evidence and develops a theory of inference based on this method. He also discusses how statisticians should choose the ingredients for a statistical problem and how these choices are to be checked for their relevance in an application.


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