Saturday, 29 March 2014

Richard III and the Leicester car park

BBC History Magazine's HistoryExtra profiles the debate about the identification of the the skeleton found under a car park in Leicester and identified by scientists from the university as Richard III.
The University of Leicester responded here.
 
It's an example of debate that could benefit from a quantitative probabilistic approach. That way one could discuss the likelihood that each element of the evidence presented, and objections raised, and how they change the overall conclusion.
 
The HistoryExtra site has a poll going, asking if people think the skeleton is of Richard III. When I voted 85% favoured it being the King.
 

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