Teaching statistics in the physics curriculum: Unifying and clarifying role of subjective probability
Abstract
Subjective probability is based on the intuitive idea that probability quantifies the degree of belief that an event will occur. A probability theory based on this idea represents the most general framework for handling uncertainty. A brief introduction to subjective probability and Bayesian inference is given, with comments on typical misconceptions which tend to discredit it and with comparisons to other approaches.
 Publication:

American Journal of Physics
 Pub Date:
 December 1999
 DOI:
 10.1119/1.19113
 arXiv:
 arXiv:physics/9908014
 Bibcode:
 1999AmJPh..67.1260D
 Keywords:

 01.50.i;
 02.50.Cw;
 Educational aids;
 Probability theory;
 Physics  Data Analysis;
 Statistics and Probability;
 Mathematics  Probability;
 Physics  Physics Education
 EPrint:
 15 pages, LateX, 1 eps figure, corrected some typos. Invited paper for the American Journal of Physics. This paper and related work are also available at http://wwwzeus.roma1.infn.it/~agostini/