A place for philosophy? The rise of modeling in statistical science

Author:
Persi Diaconis

Journal:
Quart. Appl. Math. **56** (1998), 797-805

DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1090/qam/99606

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QAM99606

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Abstract: Large statistical models seem to have reached epidemic proportions. I will document the harm they are currently causing and contrast it with some success stories of smaller modeling efforts. A case study involving a model for flipping coins shows how ``adding a few bells and whistles'' can lead to nonsense. Finally, an effort to list the ``real uses'' of models is offered as a start to making sense of current modeling efforts.

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DOI:
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