fiducial inference

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fiducial inference

[fə¦dü·shəl ‚in·tər′fir·əns]
(statistics)
A type of inference whose purpose is to make probabilistic statements about values of unknown parameters; based on the distribution of population values about which the inference is to be made.
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The second intermediate view on probabilistic evidence is Fisher's idea of fiducial probability.
To distinguish it from any of the inverse probability distributions derivable from the same data it has been termed the fiducial probability distribution, and the probability statements which it embraces are termed statements of fiducial probability (Fisher, 1936; quoted in Neyman, 1941).
According to Finney (1978), "there is a fiducial probability F that the true value lies between specified upper and lower limits if the lower limit is the lowest value and the upper limit the highest value which would not be contradicted by a significance test at the 1/2 F probability level.