Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute
AbstractRandomization was one of four key elements in R.A.Fisher's discussion of experimental design. There have always been controversial aspects to it; Student seems never to have accepted its desirability and some personalistic Bayesians have argued that it is at best unnecessary and typically harmful. After some brief historical remarks and a review of the purposes of randomization in different contexts some open issues, including the relation with conditional inference, are discussed.
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