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Despite misuses, statistics still has solid foundation

New book identifies the seven pillars of the science of collecting and analyzing data

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9:00am, May 15, 2016

The Seven Pillars of Statistical Wisdom
Stephen M. Stigler
Harvard Univ., $22.95

In many realms of science today, “statistical wisdom” seems to be in short supply. Misuse of statistics in scientific research has contributed substantially to the widespread “reproducibility crisis” afflicting many fields (SN: 4/2/16, p. 8; SN: 1/24/15, p. 20). Recently the American Statistical Association produced a list of principles warning against multiple misbeliefs about drawing conclusions from statistical tests.

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