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Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Foundations of Statistics: A Vignette

Publication Date

August, 1999

Publication Type

Tech Report


James Robins and Larry Wasserman


This vignette reviews some issues in the Foundations of Statistics. Our review is very selective, with particular emphasis on the role of the likelihood and conditioning. Specifically, we review the likelihood principle, conditional inference and coherence arguments. We close with a brief look at some modern theory which examines the role of the likelihood principle in nonparametric problems.