Estimating and choosing. An essay on probability in practice. Transl. from the French and with a preface by A. M. Hasofer. (English) Zbl 0665.60002

Berlin etc.: Springer-Verlag. ix, 141 p. DM 74.00 (1989).
Since the beginning of probabilistic methods in exact sciences there has been a continuous debate on the meaning of probability and probability models. The short conclusion of the book is the following:
“There is no probability in itself. There are only probabilistic models. The only question that really matters, in each particular case, is whether this or that probabilistic model... has or has not an objective meaning.”
This book presents a full collection of practical models, techniques and “tricks“ based on geostatistical applications; so it is of interest to everybody who works with probabilistic models.
Reviewer: I.G.Kalmár


60A99 Foundations of probability theory
60-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to probability theory
62A99 Foundational topics in statistics
00A30 Philosophy of mathematics
86A32 Geostatistics