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“Applied Statistics”

Naturevolume 175page1004 (1955) | Download Citation



THE position with regard to Bayes' theorem is admirably set out in M. G. Kendall's “The Advanced Theory of Statistics”, Vol. 1, pp. 175–176 (3rd edit., 1947), where my statement that it is the assumptions and not the theorem which are controversial is supported. Reconciliation of the quotations from Fisher, Jeffreys and my review, which Dr. Bell finds contradictory, depends on the recognition that the terms ‘postulate’, ‘axiom’ and ‘theorem’ are not synonymous.

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  1. Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Liverpool

    • F. DOWNTON


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