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81 Post author: Kaj_Sotala 26 February 2010 07:43AM

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Comment author: Blueberry 27 February 2010 08:44:42AM 4 points [-]

What is the relationship between Frequentism and Platonism?

To quote from Gelman's rejoinder that Phil Goetz mentioned,

In a nutshell: Bayesian statistics is about making probability statements, frequentist statistics is about evaluating probability statements.

So, speaking very loosely, Bayesianism is to science, inductive logic, and Aristotelianism as frequentism is to math, deductive logic, and Platonism. That is, Bayesianism is synthesis; frequentism is analysis.

Comment author: byrnema 27 February 2010 01:42:35PM 1 point [-]

Interesting! That makes a lot of sense to me, because I had already made connections between science and Aristotelianism, pure math and Platonism.