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Stopping Rules as Experimental Design

Fletcher, Samuel C. (2019) Stopping Rules as Experimental Design. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 9. p. 29. ISSN 1879-4912

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Abstract

A "stopping rule" in a sequential experiment is a rule or procedure for deciding when that experiment should end. Accordingly, the "stopping rule principle" (SRP) states that, in a sequential experiment, the evidential relationship between the final data and an hypothesis under consideration does not depend on the experiment's stopping rule: the same data should yield the same evidence, regardless of which stopping rule was used. In this essay, I reconstruct and rebut five independent arguments for the SRP. Reminding oneself that the stopping rule is a part of an experiment's design and is no more mysterious than many other design aspects helps elucidate why some of these arguments for the SRP are unsound.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Fletcher, Samuel C.scfletch@umn.edu0000-0002-9061-8976
Additional Information: This is a postprint version, i.e., pre-copyediting.
Keywords: Stopping rules, Experimental Design, Statistical evidence
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Depositing User: Prof. Samuel C. Fletcher
Date Deposited: 26 May 2020 22:52
Last Modified: 26 May 2020 22:52
Item ID: 17233
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Publisher: Springer
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s13194-019-0252-x
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Date: 3 February 2019
Page Range: p. 29
Volume: 9
ISSN: 1879-4912
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17233

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