Mathematics: Governess or handmaiden?

Stephen Senn*

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Mathematics is essential to statistic. Nevertheless, overemphasizing the mathematical aspects of a statistical problem can cause the statistician to lose sight of important issues and distort the process of statistical reasoning. Mathematical manipulation from model to solution is only one link in a chain of statistical reasoning and statistics must be concerned with the strength of the chain as a whole.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-259
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Royal Statistical Society Series D: The Statistician
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


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