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A “stopping rule” in a sequential experiment is a rule or procedure for deciding when that experiment should end. Accordingly, the “stopping rule principle” (SRP) states that, in a sequential experiment, the evidential relationship between the final data and an hypothesis under consideration does not depend on the experiment’s stopping rule: the same data should yield the same evidence, regardless of which stopping rule was used. In this essay, I reconstruct and rebut five independent arguments for the SRP. Reminding oneself that the stopping rule is a part of an experiment’s design and is no more mysterious than many other design aspects helps elucidate why some of these arguments for the SRP are unsound.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number29
JournalEuropean Journal for Philosophy of Science
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2019

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Keywords

  • Experimental design
  • Likelihood principle
  • Optional stopping
  • Statistical evidence
  • Statistical testing
  • Stopping rules

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