Category Archives: Statistics

Comment on “One Cheer for Null Hypothesis Significance Testing”

After expressing his bafflement at the “surprisingly adamant…opposition” by many to null hypothesis significance testing (NHST), Wainer attempts to demonstrate the efficacy of NHST when used correctly. In “One Cheer for Null Hypothesis Significance Testing” (Psychological Methods), Wainer’s argument is based … Continue reading

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Part II: When your basic research design is flawed, use inferior statistical analyses to make things worse

Part I of Part II: Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (NHST) A number of statistical tests, models, and methods aren’t really distinct from research designs. The most frequently used research design across the sciences involves: 1) Formulating a “testable” hypothesis (e.g., … Continue reading

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Do researchers understand their own explanations?

Have you ever been asked to fill out a survey that included some statement (e.g., “I experience back pain”, “I have difficulty concentrating”, “I write blogs nobody in their right mind would read”, etc.) and an “ordered” set of responses … Continue reading

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Hypothesis Testing: Why buy the book when you can watch the movie?

My last post was a recommendation for a book. For the tiny minority of the vast population of those who follow this blog, I am providing another, easier source to understand a statistical methodology used in medicine, psychology, sociology, anthropology, … Continue reading

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The Cult of Statistical Significance: Reader Recommended in Research Review’s Review

I have occasionally reviewed research here (shocking, I know, given this blog’s title), but seldom recommended anybody actually buy any. All that is about to change in this edge-of-your-seat suspenseful thriller story of love, lost, and learning (without the first … Continue reading

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Raphael Lataster or How “scholarship” reached a new low

I was spending my weekly hours catching up to date on fields that have the least to do with my own, and became rather irritated. It’s bad enough when scientists who are trained in the application of statistical methods to … Continue reading

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Demonstrating disconnections with connectedness: How some sciences are more equal than others

There’s a long contested divide between “hard” and “soft” sciences. For the most part, this divide was always artificial and has become increasingly obviously baseless thanks largely to the interdisciplinary nature of modern fields in the sciences (and other academic … Continue reading

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