[Edling] Scientists Rise Up Against Statistical Significance

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Sun Mar 24 04:33:17 EDT 2019


Nature

Scientists rise up against statistical significance

How do statistics so often lead scientists to deny differences that those not educated in statistics can plainly see? For several generations, researchers have been warned that a statistically non-significant result does not ‘prove’ the null hypothesis (the hypothesis that there is no difference between groups or no effect of a treatment on some measured outcome)1. Nor do statistically significant results ‘prove’ some other hypothesis. Such misconceptions have famously warped the literature with overstated claims and, less famously, led to claims of conflicts between studies where none exists.

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https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00857-9?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews&sf209700813=1

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