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Calibrating Statistical Tools: Improving the Measure of Humanity's Influence on the Climate

Dethier, Corey (2022) Calibrating Statistical Tools: Improving the Measure of Humanity's Influence on the Climate. Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, 94. pp. 158-166.

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Abstract

Over the last twenty-five years, climate scientists working on the attribution of climate change to humans have developed increasingly sophisticated statistical models in a process that can be understood as a kind of calibration: the gradual changes to the statistical models employed in attribution studies served as iterative revisions to a measurement(-like) procedure motivated primarily by the aim of neutralizing particularly troublesome sources of error or uncertainty. This practice is in keeping with recent work on the evaluation of models more generally that views models as tools for particular tasks: what drives the process is the desire for models that provide more reliable grounds for inference rather than accuracy to the underlying mechanisms of data-generation.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Dethier, Coreycorey.dethier@gmail..com
Keywords: statistics calibration attribution measurement climate change
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Climate Science and Meteorology
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Depositing User: Dr. Corey Dethier
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2023 13:10
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 13:10
Item ID: 22279
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2022.06.010
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2022.06.010
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Climate Science and Meteorology
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Date: 2022
Page Range: pp. 158-166
Volume: 94
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22279

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