Rethinking data analysis - part two: some alternatives to frequentist approaches

In ‘Rethinking data analysis – part one: the limitations of frequentist approaches’ (Kent 2009) it was argued that standard, frequentist statistics were developed for purposes entirely other than for the analysis of survey data; when applied in this context, the assumptions being made and the limitations of the statistical procedures are commonly ignored.

Rethinking data analysis – part two: some alternatives to frequentist approaches1

Ray KentUniversity of Stirling


The goal of any science is to make predictions, but these can be of various kinds. A forecast, which is usually short term, is a prediction of events in a system that is not amenable to manipulation or intervention like a weather forecast. A prediction might be of the outcome, or likely outcome, of a deliberate act or intervention, like the effect on sales of a manufacturer's decision to raise prices. The prediction might be hypothetical – for example, of the...

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