8241003Philosophy and History of Science (Seminars)
|Numbering Code||G-LET32 78241 SJ34||Year/Term||2021 ・ First semester|
|Number of Credits||2||Course Type||Seminar|
|Target Year||Target Student|
|Instructor name||ISEDA TETSUJI (Graduate School of Letters Associate Professor)|
|Outline and Purpose of the Course||The methodology of statistics is currently a hot topic; the significance test in classical statistics is criticized and Bayesian statistics as an alternative attracts a wide attention. Mayo develops a unique position in philosophy of statistics from her own scientific methodology called error statistics. In this class we use Mayo's recent book to understand her ideas.|
|Course Goals||To understand Mayo's ideas on philosophy of statistics, and to be able to examine her position critically.|
|Schedule and Contents||
We read the following book by turns, and discuss the content.
Mayo, D.G. (2018) Statistical Inference as Severe Testing : How to Get Beyond the Statistics Wars. Cambridge University Press.
The basic format of the class is as follows: we read approximately 15 pages of the reading in one meeting, and have some discussion. A student (or a team of students) is responsible for a presentation that introduces the reading to the meeting (the assignment is done beforehand).
The class structure is:
Introduction (1 meeting)
Student presentations (13 meetings)
wrap-up (1 meeting)
|Evaluation Methods and Policy||The evaluation will be based on the class presentation(s) and the final paper (50% each). The points of view of the evaluation are: correct understanding of the assigned part and its appropriate introduction for class presentation(s), and correct understanding of the chosen part and its appropriate critical examination for the final paper.|
|Course Requirements||No background is required, but if you are not familiar with philosophy of science in general, please read some introductory book by yourself. Okasha's introductory book (Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction) is recommended.|
|Study outside of Class (preparation and review)||All the participants are expected to read the assigned reading before each class. The presenter prepares a several A4 pages of handout that summarizes the assigned part before the class.|
|Textbooks||Textbooks/References||Relevant parts of the above-mentioned book will be distributed in the class.|