There’s something suspicious about using statistics to test statistics

By Tom Siegfried, 18:37 PM February 10, 2014

Second of two parts (read part 1)

There’s something slightly oxymoronic about the phrase “false positive.” When you’re positive, you’re supposed to be sure that what you’re saying is true. As when you have the support of solid scientific evidence. Sadly, though, scientific evidence is frequently not so solid.

In fact, as one analysis has suggested, more than half of the papers published in scientific journals report false conclusions. Some of those erroneous results can be attributed to bias, i...

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