“Pour la Science” almost goes Bayesian!

After the strange views held on Bayesian statistics by the popular science magazine La Recherche, it is  more than comforting to see the other popular science magazine Pour la Science to publish a more balanced paper on the role of statistical evidence, both frequentist and Bayesian. And by Andrew Gelman! This paper is actually a translation into French of a paper of Andrew with David Wiekliem, published earlier in American Scientist. I can only make one complaint about a missing reference to Laplace (the true father of Bayesian statistics!) who did study the difference between male and female births in his Théorie Analytique des Probabilités.

One Response to ““Pour la Science” almost goes Bayesian!”

  1. […] Bad graph of the day Another meaningless graph found in the November issue of La Recherche: a histogram of the predictions of the World population by 2005 attached to a brief discussion of the challenges of providing food for this population. No mention is made of the source(s) for this absurd agglomerate of predictions, (could I add mine as well?!) while the discussion picks the median prediction for its reference number: as if Science was run by majority rule… As an unflattering coincidence (for La Recherche!), the other French monthly popular science magazine Pour la Science has simultaneously published a rather well-argumented special issue on randomness (by Jaroslaw Strzalko, Juliusz Grabski and Tomasz Kapitaniak who are Polish physicists), refering to one recent paper by Persi Diaconis on the randomness of coin tosses. Being associated with Scientific American certainly helps in producing quality papers! (There is also a paper by Ivar Ekeland in the same issue, as well as the paper by Andrew Gelman already signaled.) […]

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