An introduction to statistical inference and practice through the eyes of its greatest exponent, R. A. Fisher. Each class one of Fisher’s papers will be discussed, together with one or more commentaries or extensions by later statisticians. Topics to be covered will include: Fisher’s life; the Student t-test, the 1915 paper on the correlation coefficient, the degrees-of-freedom controversy for chi-squared, the 1922 and 1925 papers on statistical estimation, Statistical Methods for Research Workers (1925), conditional inference, the Design of Experiments (1935), the dispute with Neyman, discriminant analysis, the sampling of species, dispersion on a sphere, fiducial inference, and Statistical Methods and Scientific Inference (1956).
Graduate students only
- Students can choose to take this course for 2 or 3 units. Those who enroll in the course for less than the maximum unit count will have reduced classwork proportional to the amount of units chosen.he amount of workload is monitored by the instructor, and it will increase or decrease relative to the number of units undertaken. Students are expected to attend all class/discussion sessions and perform work in proportion to the number of units in which they have enrolled (students often take only the number of units they need to fulfill a degree requirement).