ROBERT D. SMALL, PH.D.; STANLEY S. SCHOR, PH.D.
Statistics is an indispensable tool in clinical research. Disagreements over the use of various approaches such as those reflected in the letters-to-the-editor section of this issue (1,2) should not dissuade us from the basic issue of how to use statistics to improve research efforts. An understanding of what Bayesian and non-Bayesian methods have to offer will help us make intelligent decisions about which to use in particular situations. We should keep in mind a quotation from Box and Tiao (3), advocates of Bayesian methods, "It is, we believe, equally unhelpful for enthusiasts to seem to claim that Bayesian analysis can
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SMALL RD, SCHOR SS. Bayesian and Non-Bayesian Methods of Inference. Ann Intern Med. 1983;99:857-859. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-6-857
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