The harm done by tests of significance.

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Three historical episodes in which the application of null hypothesis significance testing (NHST) led to the mis-interpretation of data are described. It is argued that the pervasive use of this statistical ritual impedes the accumulation of knowledge and is unfit for use.

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Education level(s): College / Upper Division (Undergraduates)

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Subject area(s): Applied Science, Math & Statistics, Social Science

Language(s): English