This question is put on hold as opinion based. The tldr version of the question is "Why are some people saying Frequentist statistics is no good?".

I have partial sympathy with putting it on hold. One the one hand, I don't actually think it's an opinion based question. The OP is not asking "Are Frequentist statistics no good?", but rather wants to really understand the reasoning behind that argument. I do admit that distinction is a grey line: someone might think a reasonable answer is "because they don't understand math", which would help no one (also not my opinion). Also, I do have the fear that it will could turn into a highly-opinion based set of answers.

With that said, one of the reasons I chose to answer it is that I think it's a very important topic worth discussing. I know there have been several somewhat similar questions (i.e. Bayesian vs Frequentist: pros and cons), but I do think this one is a bit more of a niche.

Is CV the right place for such a question? Or is it better suited for something like a blog post?

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    $\begingroup$ I see that I was the last person of 5 to vote against that question. I would have (could have) downvoted it on several grounds, not just that reported as the expressed community view. It's not that it doesn't touch on interesting and important issues: rather, its wording and its links more or less doomed it to be seem too broad as well as too contentious. $\endgroup$ – Nick Cox Apr 4 '18 at 17:27
  • $\begingroup$ I should add that I liked your answer and upvoted it. Contradictory? I guess so. $\endgroup$ – Nick Cox Apr 4 '18 at 18:19
  • $\begingroup$ @NickCox: good answer, wrong forum is a completely defendable position $\endgroup$ – Cliff AB Apr 4 '18 at 19:05
  • $\begingroup$ At this time, it's a tie between closing for reason A or closing for reason B. Seems like the correct course of action is pretty clear. $\endgroup$ – Cliff AB Apr 5 '18 at 15:35

I think it is debatable whether this Q is "primarily opinion-based" (our closing reason) or not, but it seems to me that it is clearly "too broad". It asks about classical statistics vs machine learning, then about frequentist statistics vs Bayesian statistics, and then about book recommendations on "good" statistics. A poor question that should be closed.

If I had had a chance to vote, I would have voted to close as too broad.


Yes, this is too opinion based for CV. A blog post would be more reasonable.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm mixed on this. It is (another) opportunity for petty B vs A pontificating, & we have several of those already, so it could be a duplicate. OTOH, your answer is balanced (& good, +1). However, it was voted to close by 5 CV users, including both Bayesians and frequentists, with high reputations & who contribute frequently. That's the standard the SE system uses. As a result, I'm inclined to let the closure stand. $\endgroup$ – gung - Reinstate Monica Apr 4 '18 at 13:05
  • $\begingroup$ I agree that it is opinion based because what could possibly be a "right" answer here? The blogs that were linked speak for themselves. Would a "right" answer merely parrot the views expressed on the blogs? If the OP has trouble understanding the points in the blogs he/she linked, they should post asking for clarification, but that is not the question that was asked. $\endgroup$ – AdamO Apr 5 '18 at 15:06

No, this is an important discussion topic. It belongs on CV.

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    $\begingroup$ Note: it would be better for people to only upvote their choice, & not also downvote the option they disagree with. That policy will yield the clearest picture of the community's preferences. $\endgroup$ – gung - Reinstate Monica Apr 4 '18 at 15:17
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    $\begingroup$ @gung As we won't know who voted once, twice or three times interpretation is fraught any way.... $\endgroup$ – Nick Cox Apr 4 '18 at 17:23
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    $\begingroup$ @NickCox, it's a bit late now, but if no one had downvoted, the picture would be clearer. That's my point. $\endgroup$ – gung - Reinstate Monica Apr 4 '18 at 17:41

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