Dennis Sun, Stanford University, Spring 2023
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STATS 319 is designed to give Statistics Ph.D. students practice in reading academic papers and delivering presentations.
This quarter, the theme is "Controversies in Statistics". We will examine controversies, past and present, in the theory and application of statistics. The goal of this course is to help you understand the intellectual tradition and community of which you are now a part. Knowledge of material in STATS 300A is necessary for this class.
For some of the topics, there is the potential to produce an original synthesis of the literature. For example, the historical topics could make for a nice paper in the "History Corner" of The American Statistician. Please talk to me if you are interested.
Reading these articles is essential if you want to follow the discussions this quarter. You should be familiar with most of the ideas from STATS 300A, so feel free to skim.
You are expected to read multiple papers representing different sides of each controversy, explain each side's argument, and take a side. For some of the controversies, I only provided one survey paper, so you need to seek out the references and read some of those papers.
Week  Topic  Presenter  Papers 

1  Fisher/Pearson ChiSquare Controversy  Dennis Sun 

2  Thinking about Your Career  Dennis Sun 

3  Rubin/Pearl Approaches to Causal Inference  Xavier Gonzalez 

4  Berkeley/Stanford Joint Colloquium (at Berkeley)  Tselil Schramm  
5  Breiman's Two Cultures  Debolina Paul 

6  Conditional Inference  Anav Sood  Ghosh, M., N. Reid, and D. A. S. Fraser. "Ancillary Statistics: A Review." Statistica Sinica 20, no. 4 (2010): 1309–32. 
7  Frequentist vs. Bayes  Sophia Lu 

8  Fiducial Inference  Tim Sudijono  Zabell, Sandy L. "RA Fisher and fiducial argument." Statistical Science (1992): 369387. 
9  Ecological Inference  John Cherian 

10  SimulationBased Inference for Teaching Statistics  Will Hartog 

Week  Topic  Presenter  Papers 

Neyman/Fisher Controversy 


Countable vs. Finite Additivity  Williamson, Jon. "Countable Additivity and Subjective Probability." The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 50, no. 3 (1999): 401–16.  
Likelihood Principle 


The Bible Code 


PValues 

If you would prefer to do your talk on a different controversy in statistics, please come talk to me.
This class is graded S/NC. To earn a Satisfactory grade, the following are required:
Note that the class session in Week 4 (April 26) coincides with the Berkeley/Stanford Joint Colloquium, so class is canceled. You should attend the colloquium instead.