Article first published online: 2 SEP 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Statistics in Medicine
Special Issue: Special Issue in Honor of Jerome Cornfield on the Centennial of His Birth
Volume 31, Issue 24, pages 2782–2790, 30 October 2012
How to Cite
Greenhouse, J. B. (2012), On becoming a Bayesian: Early correspondences between J. Cornfield and L. J. Savage. Statist. Med., 31: 2782–2790. doi: 10.1002/sim.5604
- Issue published online: 5 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 2 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Received: 9 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 AUG 2012
- clinical trials;
- likelihood principle;
- stopping rule
Jerome Cornfield was arguably the leading proponent for the use of Bayesian methods in biostatistics during the 1960s. Prior to 1963, however, Cornfield had no publications in the area of Bayesian statistics. At a time when frequentist methods were the dominant influence on statistical practice, Cornfield went against the mainstream and embraced Bayes. The goals of this paper are as follows: (i) to explore how and why this transformation came about and (ii) to provide some sense as to who Cornfield was and the context in which he worked. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.