Two Ways to Rule out Error: Severity and Security

Publication Year:
2008
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4368
Author(s):
Staley, Kent
preprint description
I contrast two modes of error-elimination relevant to evaluating evidence in accounts that emphasize frequentist reliability. The contrast corresponds to that between the use of of a reliable inference procedure and the critical scrutiny of a procedure with regard to its reliability, in light of what is and is not known about the setting in which the procedure is used. I propose a notion of security as a category of evidential assessment for the latter. In statistical settings, robustness theory and misspecification testing exemplify two distinct strategies for securing statistical inferences.