Monthly Archives: July 2022

Read It Free: “Stat Inference as Severe Testing: How to Get Beyond the Stat Wars” during August

CUP will make the electronic version of my book, Statistical Inference as Severe Testing: How to Get Beyond the Statistics Wars (2018), available to access for free from August 1-31 at this link: However, they will confirm the link closer to August, so check this blog on Aug 1 for any update, if you’re interested. (July 31, the link works!) (August 5, the link is working. Let me know if you have problems getting in.) Blurbs of the 16 tours in the book may be found here: blurbs of the 16 tours.

Here’s a CUP interview from when the book first came out.

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The Statistics Wars and Their Casualties Workshop-Now Online

The Statistics Wars
and Their Casualties 

22-23 September 2022
15:00-18:00 pm London Time*


To register for the workshop, please fill out the registration form here.

*These will be sessions 1 & 2, there will be two more
The future online sessions (3 & 4)  at 15:00-18:00 pm London Time on December 1 & 8.

Yoav Benjamini (Tel Aviv University), Alexander Bird (University of Cambridge), Mark Burgman (Imperial College London),  Daniele Fanelli (London School of Economics and Political Science), Roman Frigg (London School of Economics and Political Science),
Stephan Guttinger
(University of Exeter), David Hand (Imperial College London), Margherita Harris (London School of Economics and Political Science), Christian Hennig (University of Bologna), Daniël Lakens (Eindhoven University of Technology), Deborah Mayo (Virginia Tech), Richard Morey (Cardiff University), Stephen Senn (Edinburgh, Scotland), Jon Williamson (University of Kent) Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Sir David R. Cox

15 July 1924-18 January 2022

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR DAVID COX!  Today is David Cox’s birthday, he would have been 98 years old today. Below is a remembrance I contributed to Significance when he died, with a link to others in that same issue.

“In celebrating Cox’s immense contributions, we should recognise how much there is yet to learn from him” Continue reading

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10 years after the July 4 statistical discovery of the the Higgs & the value of negative results


Today marks a decade since the discovery on July 4, 2012 of evidence for a Higgs particle based on a “5 sigma observed effect”. CERN celebrated with a scientific symposium (webcast here). The observed effect refers to the number of excess events of a given type that are “observed” in comparison to the number that would be expected from background alone—which they can simulate in particle detectors. Because the 5-sigma standard refers to a benchmark from frequentist significance testing, the discovery was immediately imbued with controversies that, at bottom, concerned statistical philosophy. Continue reading

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