Category Archives: The Scientific Method

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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Preview of Part II on a general critique of social and (some) other sciences

In order to smoothly transition to Part II of the general problems from the social sciences (or “social and behavioral sciences”), I thought the following would be à propos (no, I don’t know why I’m trying to sound more French): … Continue reading

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Is there a good reason to suspect problems in all research in hundreds of scientific fields? Part I

Not long ago, I was asked if there exists any general, a priori reason to distrust any research from the social sciences (the individual asking meant “social sciences” to include the behavioral/psychological sciences). Unfortunately and surprisingly, the answer is yes. … 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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Are our climate records wrong?

I wanted to demonstrate the importance of knowing even some elementary applied mathematics, but of course for those not already convinced that they need any more math (and don’t want to learn more) I need an example that is sensational … Continue reading

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