It is Time to Stop Teaching Frequentism to Non-Statisticians
November 19, 2012
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Since none but the devout want math, skip it or minimize it. We will not lack for students: even without a saturation of mathematics, those who hear the call will still enter the fold. Since civilians want to understand uncertainty, teach it. This is our great forgotten purpose. Since all are native Bayesians, face the inevitable. Bayes certainly won’t stop the flow of bad science but it will stem it—more so the faster we abandon our slavish and perplexing fascination with non-observable parameters. Incidentally, Bayes allows a natural mechanism to do so: predictive statistics.
-a manuscript by William M. Briggs.
I agree with the entirety of the essay.