Sudden infant death or murder? A royal confusion about probabilities


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In this article I criticize the recommendations of some prominent statisticians about how to estimate and compare probabilities of the repeated sudden infant death and repeated murder. The issue has drawn considerable public attention in connection with several recent court cases in the UK. I try to show that when the three components of the Bayesian inference are carefully analyzed in this context, the advice of the statisticians turns out to be problematic in each of the steps.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-329
Number of pages31
JournalBritish Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2007


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