ROBERT D. SMALL, PH.D.; STANLEY S. SCHOR, PH.D.
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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
SMALL RD, SCHOR SS. Bayesian and Non-Bayesian Methods of Inference. Ann Intern Med. ;99:857–859. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-6-857
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(6):857-859.
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