# Eclectic probability

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Many statisticians adopt an **eclectic** view of the debate between proponents of the frequency interpretation of probability and proponents of personal probability. These eclectics say in essence, "if it walks like a duck...". They are willing to consider any phenomena which obey the axioms of probability theory as a reasonable interpretation. Sometimes they will use methods associated with frequentists and at other times, they use Bayesian methods.

Some philosophers of probability support eclectic probability as a principled, rather than pragmatic, view. They argue that different interpretations of probability are independent of one another, applying in different contexts. For example, one might accept a frequency interpretation of probability for repeatable experiments, a logical interpretation of probability for a single-case event with highly specific prior information, and a personal interpretation of probability for dealing with epistemic uncertainty, all without committing an inconsistency.