LSE PH500 Meeting

Meeting 4 (June 11)

getting beyond…

IV. (June 11) Rejection Fallacies: Do P-values exaggerate evidence? Jeffreys-Lindley paradox or Bayes/Fisher disagreement:


SIST: Excursion 4 Tour II

Recommended (if time): Excursion 4 Tour I: The Myth of “The Myth of Objectivity” 

Mayo Memos for Meeting 4


Meeting 3 (June 4)

III. (June 4) Deeper Concepts: Confidence Intervals and Tests: Higgs’ Discovery:


SIST: Excursion 3 Tour III 

(Strongly) Recommended (as much as interests you) Excursion 3 Tour II:It’s the Methods Stupid: Howlers and Chestnuts of Tests

General Info Items:  


at-home seminar room w/ blackboard

(Thebes) conference room for seminar

amp & mike

on the desk outside conference room

Meeting 2 (May 28)


II. (May 28): N-P and Fisherian Tests, Severe Testing: How to avoid fallacies of tests


SIST: Excursion 3 Tour I (focus on pages up to p. 152):

Recommended: Excursion 2 Tour II pp. 92-100 (Sections 2.4-2.7)

Optional: I will (try to) answer questions on demarcation of science, induction, falsification, Popper from Excursion 2 Tour II (Section 2.3)

(Use comments on this blog for queries we don’t get to in the seminar. The first comment you write is sent to moderation to be approved; after that it’s automatic.)

HandoutAreas Under the Standard Normal Curve

5 minute refresher on means, variance, standard deviations, and the Normal distribution, standard normal


Meeting 1 (May 21)


I. (May 21)  Introduction: Controversies in Phil Stat  


SIST*: Preface, Excursion 1
Excursion 1 Tour I

Excursion 1 Tour II

*Note: The above are from proofs, participants should have a copy of the book

NOTES on Excursion 1

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LSE Research Seminar PH500 21 May – 25 June, 2020


 General Schedule  PDF


Topic: Current Controversies in Phil Stat (LSE, Remote 15:00 – 17:00; Thursdays 21 May-18 June)

Main Text SIST: Statistical Inference as Severe Testing: How to Get Beyond the Statistics Wars CUP, 2018)*:

Slides for each meeting will be on individual meeting posts on this blog. (more…)