Lies, Damned Lies, and Research: Systematic misuse of statistics in the sciences | Research Reviews

Chortle.

“The most widely used statistical tests (including the t and F statistics) were developed by Pearson, Galton, Edgeworth, Gosset, & Fisher in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Of course, being old isn’t the issue. The issue is that the “ideal … represented by permutation tests, such as Fisher’s exact test” includes test that have been around since the ‘30s. Why did Fisher and others not use the ideal methods they developed? They couldn’t. The amount of calculations needed would require some kind of computing machine. So until we have these computing machines, or “computers” for short, researchers will have to settle for the compromise. Alternatively, considering we’ve HAD computers for some 60+ years, we could change math education. It’s a radical idea, I know, but just maybe mathematics education could be changed to reflect the “recent” development of tests from the ‘30s that we can use thanks to brand new and improved computers from the ‘70s.”

via Lies, Damned Lies, and Research: Systematic misuse of statistics in the sciences | Research Reviews.

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