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Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Statistics: July 28 - August 11, 2019



Today’s statistical crisis of replication is causing much introspection
among practitioners, and serious changes in evidence policies are being
debated. The issues cry out for philosophical illumination. We will offer a
2-week immersive seminar on Philosophy of Statistics (PhilStat) for faculty
and post-docs in philosophy who wish to acquire or strengthen their
background in PhilStat as it relates to philosophical problems of evidence
and inference, to today’s statistical crisis of replication, and associated
evidence-policy debates. We also invite social scientists and methodology
researchers interested in strengthening their philosophical scholarship in
this arena. Approximately 12-15 applicants will be selected.

Goals for participants:

(1) Gain the necessary background in statistical methodology to integrate
PhilStat into their research and/or teaching.

(2) Study current debates between frequentist, Bayesian, likelihoodist and
other methods, as they interrelate to (i) philosophical problems of
evidence and inference, and to (ii) today’s data and statistical policy

All accepted participants will receive housing and a stipend

Place: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Dates: July 28-August 11, 2019

Directors: Deborah Mayo (Philosophy) and Aris Spanos (Economics)

For more information, see our website:

Application deadline March 20, 2019: Application Instructions



We would be very grateful if you shared this information with colleagues
and departments, including those outside philosophy (e.g., statistics,
psychology, economics, STS). Thank you so much!

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