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Message posted on 23/09/2021

New Date! 4-5 April, 2022: The Statistics Wars and Their Casualties Workshop

                *Topic:* New Date! 4-5 April, 2022: The Statistics Wars and Their
Casualties Workshop

Dear Colleagues:

We hope that you are doing well, as we navigate a new term with Covid still
lingering. We have delayed the date for our Workshop, *“The Statistics Wars
and Their Casualties”:*

*4-5 April, 2022.*


*You can find more information on the Workshop webpage above.*

*Workshop Description:* While the field of statistics has a long history of
passionate foundational controversy the last decade has, in many ways, been
the most dramatic. Misuses of statistics, biasing selection effects, and
high powered methods of Big-Data analysis, have helped to make it easy to
find impressive-looking but spurious, results that fail to replicate. As
the crisis of replication has spread beyond psychology and social sciences
to biomedicine, genomics and other fields, people are getting serious about
reforms.  Many are welcome (preregistration, transparency about data,
eschewing mechanical uses of statistics); some are quite radical.

The experts do not agree on how to restore scientific integrity, and these
disagreements reflect philosophical battles–old and new– about the nature
of inductive-statistical inference and the roles of probability in
statistical inference and modeling. These philosophical issues simmer below
the surface in competing views about the causes of problems and potential
remedies. If statistical consumers are unaware of assumptions behind rival
evidence-policy reforms, they cannot scrutinize the consequences that
affect them (in personalized medicine, psychology, law, and so on).

Critically reflecting on proposed reforms and changing standards requires
insights from statisticians, philosophers of science, psychologists,
journal editors, economists and practitioners from across the natural and
social sciences. This workshop will bring together these interdisciplinary
insights–from speakers as well as attendees.

*Speakers:* Yoav Benjamini (Tel Aviv University), Alexander Bird
(University of Cambridge), Mark Burgman (Imperial College London), Daniele
Fanelli (London School of Economics and Political Science), Roman Frigg
(London School of Economics and Political Science), Stephen Guettinger
(London School of Economics and Political Science), David Hand (Imperial
College London), Margherita Harris (London School of Economics and
Political Science), Christian Hennig (University of Bologna), Katrin Hohl
(City University London), Daniël Lakens (Eindhoven University of
Technology), Deborah Mayo (Virginia Tech), Richard Morey (Cardiff
University), Stephen Senn (Edinburgh, Scotland), Jon Williamson (University
of Kent)

*We will post more information on the **Phil Stat Wars blog*
* as it becomes available.*

We might resume some type of on-line forum after a few conferences in the
next couple of months. (If so, information will be posted at
**  and *Phil Stat Wars
blog* .)

Warmest Wishes,

D. Mayo

R. Frigg

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