Interpreting probability : controversies and developments in the early twentieth century [EBook] / David Howie.
Interpreting probability : controversies and developments in the early twentieth century [EBook] / David Howie.
The term probability can be used in two main senses. In the frequency interpretation it is a limiting ratio in a sequence of repeatable events. In the Bayesian view, probability is a mental construct representing uncertainty. This 2002 book is about these two types of probability and investigates ho...
Personal Name(s):  Howie, David, (author) 

Imprint: 
Cambridge :
Cambridge University Press,
2002

Physical Description: 
1 online resource (xi, 262 pages) 
Note: 
englisch 
ISBN: 
9780521812511 9780511498480 9780521037549 
Series Title: 
Cambridge studies in probability, induction and decision theory

Subject (LOC):  
Full Text 
Table of Contents:
 The meaning of probability
 The history of probability
 Scope of this book
 Methods and argument
 Synopsis and aims
 Probability up to the Twentieth Century
 Early applications of the probability calculus
 Resistance to the calculation of uncertainty
 The doctrine of chances
 Inverse probability
 Laplacean probability
 The eclipse of Laplacean probability
 Social statistics
 The rise of the frequency interpretation of probability
 Opposition to social statistics and probabilistic methods
 Probability theory in the sciences: evolution and biometrics
 The interpretation of probability around the end of the nineteenth century
 R.A. Fisher and Statistical Probability
 R.A. Fisher's early years
 Evolution
 the biometricians versus the Mendelians
 Fisher's early work
 The clash with Pearson
 Fisher's rejection of inverse probability
 Fisher's new version of probability
 The papers of 1921 and 1922
 The PearsonFisher feud
 The move to Rothamsted: experimental design
 The position in 1925
 Statistical Methods for Research Workers
 The development of fiducial probability
 Fisher's position in 1932
 Harold Jeffreys and Inverse Probability
 Jeffreys's background and early career
 The Meteorological Office
 Dorothy Wrinch
 Broad's 1918 paper
 Wrinch and Jeffreys tackle probability
 After the first paper
 General relativity
 The Oppau explosion
 New work on probability
 John Maynard Keynes
 Other factors
 Probability theory extended.