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The Nature of Scientific Evidence

Edited by Mark L. Taper and Subhash R. Lele

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780226789552
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226789583 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226789583.001.0001
The Nature of Scientific Evidence

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An exploration of the statistical foundations of scientific inference, this book asks what constitutes scientific evidence and whether scientific evidence can be quantified statistically. The chapters explore the relationships among hypotheses, models, data, and inference on which scientific progress rests in an attempt to develop a new quantitative framework for evidence. Informed by interdisciplinary discussions among scientists, philosophers, and statisticians, the chapters propose a new “evidential” approach, which may be more in keeping with the scientific method. The book argues that all scientists should care more about the fine points of statistical philosophy because therein lies the connection between theory and data.

Keywords: statistical foundations; scientific inference; scientific evidence; hypotheses; models; data; scientific progress; evidential approach; scientific method; statistical philosophy

Book.  585 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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A Brief Tour of Statistical Concepts in The Nature of Scientific Evidence

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