CHOOSING AN ONCOLOGIST. Kids, this philosophical debate about the foundations of statistics is important. You may have noticed that I am a Bayesian. When we had to choose an oncologist, one of the factors turned out to be how they thought about statistical evidence (of course, brilliance, kindness and humanity were the most important factors). In that crucial first meeting, Dr. Rosenberg, the wonderful oncologist your mother chose, related statistics to his medical knowledge in the way a Bayesian would. The other oncologist that we talked to seemed to be reciting numbers out of context.

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