Feb 13, 2014

The P-Value Was Never Meant To Be Used The Way It's Used Today

I have just came across Scientific method: Statistical errors  published Nature's website. I found it a very good article about the misuse and misinterpretation of p-values and about scientific evidence in general. It says, among other things, that “the P value was never meant to be used the way it's used today.”. I was not aware of the history of introduction of this measure and it was interesting thing to read. I was not surprised by some of the points about the quality of scientific research as it has been covered a lot by Taleb, Goldacre and Ioanidis to mention a few but it was nice to see the connection between these two. The author suggest an approach to curb the p-hacking effects in science but considering the nature of science studies these day I do not believe it is applicable for the majority of research. There is other good thing to learn in the article, so please read it yourself.

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