Statistics and Computing

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 247–252

The direct use of likelihood for significance testing

  • A. P. Dempster

DOI: 10.1023/A:1018598421607

Cite this article as:
Dempster, A.P. Statistics and Computing (1997) 7: 247. doi:10.1023/A:1018598421607


An approach to significance testing by the direct interpretation of likelihood is defined, developed and distinguished from the traditional forms of tail-area testing and Bayesian testing. The emphasis is on conceptual issues. Some theoretical aspects of the new approach are sketched in the two cases of simple vs. simple hypotheses and simple vs. composite hypotheses.

hypothesis test likelihood inference postdictive interpretation predictive interpretation 

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© Chapman and Hall 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. P. Dempster
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of StatisticsHarvard UniversityUSA

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