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Discussion of “On the Birnbaum Argument for the Strong Likelihood Principle”

A. P. Dawid

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Deborah Mayo claims to have refuted Birnbaum’s argument that the Likelihood Principle is a logical consequence of the Sufficiency and Conditionality Principles. However, this claim fails because her interpretation of the Conditionality Principle is different from Birnbaum’s. Birnbaum’s proof cannot be so readily dismissed.

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Statist. Sci., Volume 29, Number 2 (2014), 240-241.

First available in Project Euclid: 18 August 2014

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Conditionality principle Birnbaum’s theorem likelihood principle sufficiency principle weak conditionality principle


Dawid, A. P. Discussion of “On the Birnbaum Argument for the Strong Likelihood Principle”. Statist. Sci. 29 (2014), no. 2, 240--241. doi:10.1214/14-STS470.

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  • Main article: On the Birnbaum Argument for the Strong Likelihood Principle.