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Ziliak, Stephen Thomas, 1963-
The cult of statistical significance : how the standard error costs us jobs, justice, and lives / by Stephen T. Ziliak and Deirdre N. McCloskey
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2008
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  QA277 .Z54 2008    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Statistical hypothesis testing -- Social aspects
Statistics -- Social aspects
Economics -- Statistical methods
Physical Description xxiii, 321 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-287) and index
Contents A significant problem -- Dieting "significance" and the case of Vioxx -- The sizeless stare of statistical significance -- What the sizeless scientists say in defense -- Better practice: [beta]-importance vs. [alpha]-"significance" -- A lot can go wrong in the use of significance tests in economics -- A lot did go wrong in the American Economic Review during the 1980s -- Is economic practice improving? -- How big is big in economics? -- What the sizeless stare costs, economically speaking -- How economics stays that way: the textbooks and the referees -- The not-boring rise of significance in psychology -- Psychometrics lacks power -- The psychology of psychological significance testing -- Medicine seeks a magic pill -- Rothman's revolt -- On drugs, disability, and death -- Edgeworth's significance -- "Take 3[sigma] as definitely significant": Pearson's rule -- Who sits on the egg of cuculus canorus? Not Karl Pearson -- Gosset: the fable of the bee -- Fisher: the fable of the wasp -- How the wasp stung the bee and took over some sciences -- Eighty years of trained incapacity: how such a thing could happen -- What to do
Series Economics, cognition, and society
Alternate Author McCloskey, Deirdre N

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