Quotation for the week: Fisher

A rather well-known quotation this week, from one of the secular godfathers of statistical methods:

To consult the statistician after an experiment is finished is often merely to ask him to conduct a post mortem examination. He can perhaps say what the experiment died of.

R. A. Fisher, Presidential Address to the First Indian Statistical Congress, Calcutta [now Kolkata], 1938.

John Aldrich’s online Guide to R. A. Fisher provides a lot more information about this important and controversial figure, including some more quotations.


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