Leo Martins' Daily Rant

Feb 2

Marks observes that similar issues were at the core of Fisher’s postwar methodological disputes with statistical theoreticians Jerzy Neyman (1894-1981) and Abraham Wald (1902-1950). Fisher made the ideological resonance he saw in this issue very explicit in his 1955 paper, “Statistical Methods and Scientific Induction,” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society B 17: 69-78, in which he linked his rivals’ theories to the technologized pragmatism of the Soviet Union and the United States, which privileged “speeding production, or saving money” rather than “drawing correct conclusions”.* Backing up a bit: these postwar methodological disputes were basically extensions of Fisher’s lifelong campaign against “inverse probability,” or, as it is now generally known, Bayesian probability.

- R. A. Fisher, Scientific Method, and the Tower of Babel, Pt. 1 « Ether Wave Propaganda