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Computer Age Statistical Inference by Trevor Hastie, Bradley Efron

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14 Statistical Inference and Methodology in the Postwar Era

The fundamentals of statistical inference—frequentist, Bayesian, Fisherian—were set in place by the end of the first half of the twentieth century, as discussed in Part I of this book. The postwar era witnessed a massive expansion of statistical methodology, responding to the data-driven demands of modern scientific technology. We are now at the end of Part II, “Early Computer-Age Methods,” having surveyed the march of new statistical algorithms and their inferential justification from the 1950s through the 1990s.

This was a time of opportunity for the discipline of statistics, when the speed of computation increased by a factor of a thousand, and then another thousand. As we said before, ...

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