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Statistical Thought: A Perspective and History

Shoutir Kishore Chatterjee


The book examines the distinguishing features of the various contending approaches to statistical inference (including decision-making) that are currently available in statistical literature, and traces the historical evolution of the concepts underlying these approaches and their applications. The first part entitled, Perspective, shows that statistical inference is really a prolongation of the philosophical problem of induction, and in it, probability is involved both in the input (in the form of model) and the output (for quantifying uncertainty). Four different approaches (behavioural, ins ... More

Keywords: statistical induction, objective probability, subjective probability, behavioural, instantial, Bayesian approach, purely subjective approach, probability, statistics, principal contributors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198525318
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525318.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shoutir Kishore Chatterjee, author
Professor of Statistics, Calcutta University