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"Taking Surveys to People's Technology: Implications for Federal Statistics and Social Science Research”

October 21, 2016
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American Statistical Association Releases Statement on Statistical Significance and P-Values

The American Statistical Association (ASA) has released a statement providing guidance on the proper use of p-values, intended to improve the use of quantitative methods in statistical analysis and ensure accurate interpretations of results. Responding to concerns in the scientific and popular science literature about uncritical reliance on p-values for assessing scientific results, it outlines six principles for appropriate use and interpretation of the p-value, including explanations on how each can be applied. The statement also points out that the growing interest in techniques for analyzing large, complex data sets (“big data”) has expanded the scope for statistics, emphasizing the importance of appropriate measurement techniques, properly conducted analyses, and correct interpretation of data. Ron Wasserstein, ASA’s executive director, stated that “What we hope will follow is a broad discussion across the scientific community that leads to a more nuanced approach to interpreting, communicating, and using the results of statistical methods in research.”

Read the statement here.

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