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Technical Report: UTEP-CS-17-29

Published in Journal of Innovative Technology and Education, 2017, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 71-75.


In statistics application area, lately, several publications appeared that warn about the dangers of the inappropriate application of statistics and remind the users of the recall that prediction is the ultimate objective of the statistical analysis. This trend is known as predictive statistics. However, while the intended message is aimed at the very general audience of practitioners and researchers who apply statistics, many of these papers are not easy to read since they are either too technical and/or too philosophical for the general reader. In this short paper, we describe the main ideas and recommendation of predictive statistics in -- hopefully -- clear terms.