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The cult of statistical significance : how the standard error costs us jobs, justice, and lives

Author: Stephen Thomas Ziliak; Deirdre N McCloskey
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2008.
Series: Economics, cognition, and society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Cult of Statistical Significance shows, field by field, how "statistical significance," a technique that dominates many sciences, has been a huge mistake. The authors find that researchers in a broad spectrum of fields, from agronomy to zoology, employ testing that doesn't "test" and estimating that doesn't "estimate". The facts will startle the outside reader: how could a group of brilliant scientists wander so  Read more...
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Ziliak, Stephen Thomas, 1963-
Cult of statistical significance.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)608617780
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Thomas Ziliak; Deirdre N McCloskey
ISBN: 9780472070077 047207007X 9780472050079 0472050079
OCLC Number: 168717577
Description: xxiii, 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: A significant problem --
Dieting "significance" and the case of Vioxx --
The sizeless stare of statistical significance --
What the sizeless scientists say in defense --
Better practice: [beta]-importance vs. [alpha]-"significance" --
A lot can go wrong in the use of significance tests in economics --
A lot did go wrong in the American Economic Review during the 1980s --
Is economic practice improving? --
How big is big in economics? --
What the sizeless stare costs, economically speaking --
How economics stays that way: the textbooks and the referees --
The not-boring rise of significance in psychology --
Psychometrics lacks power --
The psychology of psychological significance testing --
Medicine seeks a magic pill --
Rothman's revolt --
On drugs, disability, and death --
Edgeworth's significance --
"Take 3[sigma] as definitely significant": Pearson's rule --
Who sits on the egg of culculus canorus? Not Karl Pearson --
Gosset: the fable of the bee --
Fisher: the fable of the wasp --
How the wasp stung the bee and took over some sciences --
Eighty years of trained incapacity: how such a thing could happen --
What to do.
Series Title: Economics, cognition, and society.
Responsibility: by Stephen T. Ziliak and Deirdre N. McCloskey.

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"Null hypothesis significance testing" is in other words a scientific train-wreck, about which a small group of statisticians have been warning. This book shows how the wreck happened, and reports on  Read more...
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