131st CNSTAT Meeting Public Seminar:
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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The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration
This report from the Committee on National Statistics provides a comprehensive assessment of U.S. immigration trends over the past 20 years, immigration's impact on the labor market and wages of native-born workers, and its fiscal impact at the national, state, and local levels.
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|Reducing Response Burden in the American Community Survey:|
These proceedings from the Committee on National Statistics summarize a workshop held in March 2016 that was designed to help the U.S. Census Bureau improve the American Community Survey (ACS) and help them respond to concerns of the public and Congress about the actual and perceived burden of the ACS Survey with respondents.
|Advancing Concepts and Models for Measuring Innovation|
These proceedings from the Committee on National Statistics summarize a workshop held in May 2016 that brought together academic researchers, private and public sector experts, and representatives from public policy agencies to develop strategies for broadening and modernizing innovation information systems. The workshop was organized to assist the National Science Foundation in refining and prioritizing its work on innovation metrics to maximize the relevance and utility of its data collection programs and statistical products to users.
Measuring Recovery from Substance Use or Mental Disorders
This report summarizes the discussions of a workshop held in February 2016. The workshop was organized to assist SAMHSA and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand the collection of behavioral health data.