Constraints on negativerelationships: mathematical causes and ecological consequences
Contribution to Book
The Nature of Scientific Evidence: Empirical, Statistical,and Philosophical Considerations
M.L.Taper; S. Lele; N. Lewin-Koh
University of Chicago Press
An exploration of the statistical foundations of scientific inference, The Nature of Scientific Evidence asks what constitutes scientific evidence and whether scientific evidence can be quantified statistically. Mark Taper, Subhash Lele, and an esteemed group of contributors explore the relationships among hypotheses, models, data, and inference on which scientific progress rests in an attempt to develop a new quantitative framework for evidence. Informed by interdisciplinary discussions among scientists, philosophers, and statisticians, they propose a new "evidential" approach, which may be more in keeping with the scientific method. The Nature of Scientific Evidence persuasively argues that all scientists should care more about the fine points of statistical philosophy because therein lies the connection between theory and data.
Brown, J.H., E.J. Bedrick, S.K.M. Ernest, J.E. Cartron, J.F. Kelly. 2004. Constraints on negative relationships: mathematical causes and ecological consequences. Pages 298-308 In M.L. Taper, S. Lele, N. Lewin-Koh, eds. The Nature of Scientific Evidence: Empirical, Statistical, and Philosophical Considerations, University of Chicago Press.