Wednesday 6th June 3-5pm T206
Wednesday 13th June 3-5pm T206
Autumn term dates: To Be Announced
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PH 500. Contemporary Problems in Philosophy of Statistical Science
Debates over the philosophical foundations of statistical science have a long and fascinating history marked by deep and passionate controversies that intertwine with fundamental notions of the nature of statistical inference and the role of probabilistic concepts in inductive learning. Progress in resolving decades-old controversies, which still shake the foundations of statistics, demands both philosophical and technical acumen, but gaining entry into the current state of play requires a road map that zeroes in on core themes and current standpoints. That is what this seminar will provide. While the seminar will attempt to minimize technical details, it will be important to clarify key notions to fully contribute to the debates. Relevance for general philosophical problems will be emphasized. Because the contexts in which statistical methods are most needed are ones that compel us to be most aware of strategies scientists use to cope with threats to reliability, considering the nature of statistical method in the collection, modeling, and analysis of data is a highly effective way to articulate and warrant general principles of evidence and inference.
June 6: Contemporary Problems in Philosophy of Statistics: An Overview
June 13: TBA.
*Interested graduate students from other universities: there are some small travel funds from The Fund for the Study of E.R.R.O.R.S. (Experimental Reasoning, Reliability, Objectivity and Rationality of Science). Inquries: email@example.com