Deep problem created by Darwinian Ron Fisher’s p-values highlighted again
|February 18, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Darwinism, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, News|
From Frank Harrell at Statistical Thinking:
In my opinion, null hypothesis testing and p-values have done significant harm to science. The purpose of this note is to catalog the many problems caused by p-values. As readers post new problems in their comments, more will be incorporated into the list, so this is a work in progress.
The American Statistical Association has done a great service by issuing its Statement on Statistical Significance and P-values. Now it’s time to act. To create the needed motivation to change, we need to fully describe the depth of the problem.
We thought that Darwin’s reputation in pop science would be enough to frustrate any inquiry, but maybe not.
We’re pretty familiar with all kinds of problems being swept under the rug as long as Darwin’s name can be associated with them in some way. It’s got to be a sign of weakening if the association with Darwin does not matter so much any more.
See also: Early Darwinian Ronald Fisher’s p-value measure is coming under serious scrutiny
Darwinism: Replacement or extension?
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