Information and economics in Fisher’s design of experiments

Aldrich, John (2007) Information and economics in Fisher’s design of experiments. International Statistical Review, 75, (2), 131-149. (doi:10.1111/j.1751-5823.2007.00020.x).


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In 1951 R. A. Fisher described what had been achieved in the 20th century so far: "we have learnt (i) To conserve in its statistical reduction the scientific information latent in any body of observations. (ii) To conduct experimental and observational inquiries so as to maximise the information obtained for a given expenditure." This paper asks what Fisher meant and, in particular, how he saw his work on experimental design as contributing to the objective of maximizing information for a given expenditure. The material examined ranges from detailed work on issues like "the information lost in measurement of error" to polemics against decision theory.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1751-5823.2007.00020.x
Additional Information: ISBN --> ; AbstractLink --> ; Author --> John Aldrich; Editor --> ; note --> Volume => 75 (2);
ISSNs: 0306-7734 (print)
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Keywords: R.A. Fisher, design of experiments, information, decision theory
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 63035
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Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:47

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