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R. A. Fisher on Bayes and Bayes’ Theorem

R. A. Fisher on Bayes and Bayes’ Theorem
R. A. Fisher on Bayes and Bayes’ Theorem
Ronald Fisher believed that \The theory of inverse probability is founded upon an error, and must be wholly rejected." This note describes how Fisher divided responsibility for the error between Bayes and Laplace. Bayes he admired for formulating the problem, producing a solution and then withholding it; Laplace he blamed for promulgating the theory and for distorting the concept of probability to accommodate the theory. At the end of his life Fisher added a renement: in the Essay Bayes had anticipated one of Fisher's own ducial arguments.
Ronald Fisher, Thomas Bayes, Pierre-Simon Laplace, Dennis Lindley, Bayes' Theorem, Inverse probability
1931-6690
161-170
Aldrich, John
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Aldrich, John
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Aldrich, John (2008) R. A. Fisher on Bayes and Bayes’ Theorem. Bayesian Analysis, 3 (1), 161-170. (doi:10.1214/08-BA306).

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Ronald Fisher believed that \The theory of inverse probability is founded upon an error, and must be wholly rejected." This note describes how Fisher divided responsibility for the error between Bayes and Laplace. Bayes he admired for formulating the problem, producing a solution and then withholding it; Laplace he blamed for promulgating the theory and for distorting the concept of probability to accommodate the theory. At the end of his life Fisher added a renement: in the Essay Bayes had anticipated one of Fisher's own ducial arguments.

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Published date: 2008
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Keywords: Ronald Fisher, Thomas Bayes, Pierre-Simon Laplace, Dennis Lindley, Bayes' Theorem, Inverse probability

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Local EPrints ID: 63034
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/63034
ISSN: 1931-6690
PURE UUID: 0aabfb28-ddfb-497c-9e2f-914cb5add359

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Date deposited: 03 Sep 2008
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 20:26

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Author: John Aldrich

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