Some personal views with regard to the functions of statistics

R. De Cristofaro
Descriptive, inductive and decision theory approaches to statistics are discussed in this paper. According to the author, the contrast between descriptive and inductive statistics is artificial since any description of the reality constitutes in fact an induction. In the words of Boldrini (1942) "every statistic, even one that seems documentary, has an investigative preoccupation and therefore, above all, an hypothesis". However, the author is doubtful also about inductive statistics conceived as a methodology of knowledge....