Posts Tagged ‘#statistics’

Why the Father of Modern Statistics Didn’t Believe Smoking Caused Cancer

Friday, January 25th, 2019

Why the Father of Modern #Statistics Didn’t Believe Smoking Caused
Cancer Interesting article on how even geniuses can be wrong. With a great line: “If he were alive today, Ronald Fisher would have one hell of a Twitter account.”

Big names in statistics want to shake up much-maligned P value

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Big names in #statistics want to shake up…#Pvalue Stronger significance cutoffs (.005?) but danger of FNs

“Lowering P-value thresholds may also exacerbate the “file-drawer problem”, in which studies with negative results are left unpublished, says Tom Johnstone, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Reading, UK. But Benjamin says all research should be published, regardless of P value.

Other scientific fields have already cracked down on P values — and in 2015, one psychology journal banned them. Particle physicists, who collect reams of data from atom-smashing experiments, have long demanded a P value below 0.0000003 (or 3 × 10−7) because of concerns that a lower threshold could lead to mistaken claims, notes Valen Johnson, a statistician at Texas A&M University in College Station and a co-lead author of the paper. More than a decade ago, geneticists took similar steps to establish a threshold of 5 × 10−8 for
genome-wide association studies, which look for differences between people with a disease and those without across hundreds of thousands of DNA-letter variants.”

Great paper? Swipe right on the new ‘Tinder for preprints’ app

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Swipe right on the new Tinder for preprints app, Papr by @JTLeek &co Gathering #statistics on the subconscious swipe

““We don’t believe that the data we are collecting is any kind of realistic peer review, but it does tell us something about the types of papers people find interesting and what leads them to be
suspicious,” Leek says. “Ultimately we hope to correlate this data with information about where the papers are published, retractions, and other more in-depth measurements of paper quality and interest.”

But don’t take Papr too seriously, because its developers don’t. “This app is provided solely for entertainment of the scientific community and may be taken down at any time with no notice because Jeff gets tired of it,” the Papr website says.”

Visualization of Statistical Power Analysis

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Visualization of Power Analysis Useful sliders giving one a feel of the #statistics

They also served

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

#Statisticians in World War II: They also served Developed quality controls & sequential methods HT @stodden

Statistics and the hot hand

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

The hot hand might be real after all: But streaking shooters only 1-2% more likely than #random to make next basket