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Minimax strength of statistical evidence

24 November 2011

D. R. Bickel, “A predictive approach to measuring the strength of statistical evidence for single and multiple comparisons,” Canadian Journal of Statistics 39, 610–631 (2011). Full text | Revised preprint | 2010 draft

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This paper introduces a novel approach to the multiple comparisons problem by generalizing a promising method of model selection developed by information theorists. The first two sections present that method and its main advantages over conventional approaches without burdening statisticians with unfamiliar terms from coding theory. A quantitative proteomics case study facilitates application of the new method to the analysis of data sets involving multiple biological features. The theorems describe its operating characteristics.

The cited medium-scale paper presented previous minimum description length (MDL) methods. Unlike those methods, the new MDL methods of the current paper are based on a conflation of the normalized maximum likelihood (NML) with the weighted likelihood (WL). The previous MDL methods are used in the CJS article for comparison with its NML/WL methods.