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Welcome to Summer Seminar in Phil Stat

SUMMER SEMINAR IN PHIL STAT (2/5/19)

OVERVIEW

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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

STIPEND, EXPECTATIONS, AND CONDITIONS OF AWARD

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OVERVIEW

We will offer a 2-week immersive seminar on Philosophy of Statistics (PhilStat) at Virginia Tech 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 to associated evidence-policy debates. We also invite social scientists and methodology researchers interested in strengthening their philosophical scholarship in this arena. A total of 12-15 applicants will be selected. Given our goals, we anticipate approximately 2/3 will be philosophers, but we are not applying any rigid rules. (We will consider up to 2 advanced Ph.D. students working on a dissertation that is directly in this area.)

All accepted participants will receive private housing with kitchen facilities (Marriott Residence, Blacksburg) and a stipend of $1,000 (in 2 installments). See STIPENDS and [1\.

Our primary goal is to strengthen Phil Stat research and teaching in Philosophy programs (by incorporating PhilStat). However, we wish also to enable statistical practitioners and researchers on methods to gain a greater understanding of the philosophical dimensions of statistical debates, as well as a facility in the conceptual and critical skills included under the umbrella of Phil Stat. Today’s debates are intertwined with philosophical terms that often remain vague, such as evidence, validity, inference, realism, reliability, rationality, explanation, induction, confirmation, and falsification. This hampers communication among various stakeholders, making it difficult to even see where they agree. Thus we also encourage interested social scientists and methodology researchers to apply.

Philosophy of Statistics  (Phil Stat), broadly understood
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“The well-known definition of a statistician as someone whose aim in life is to be wrong in exactly 5 per cent of everything they do misses its target.” (Sir David Cox 2006a, p. 197)

Upon being accepted, participants will receive a copy of Statistical Inference as Severe Testing: How to Get Beyond the Statistics Wars (Mayo 2018, CUP). It is a good idea to read parts of it in advance. Applicants will be notified in early April.

quote (all participants will get a copy of SIST)