Fisher's game with the devil

Stephen Senn*

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The publication of Fisher's correspondence1 on statistics has shed new light on his views on randomization. Quotations from this correspondence and from other works of Fisher are used to illustrate the role of randomization in clinical trials. It is concluded that Fisher's views not only are coherent but, despite having been developed over 60 years ago and with particular reference to agricultural experiments, are still relevant to the planning and analysis of clinical trials today.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-230
Number of pages14
JournalStatistics in Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 1994
Externally publishedYes


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