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Cult of Statistical Significance How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives

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ISBN-10: 0472050079

ISBN-13: 9780472050079

Edition: 2007

Authors: Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, Steve Ziliak, Deirdre Nansen McCloskey

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"McCloskey and Ziliak have been pushing this very elementary, very correct, very important argument through several articles over several years and for reasons I cannot fathom it is still resisted. If it takes a book to get it across, I hope this book will do it. It ought to." -Thomas Schelling, Distinguished University Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, and 2005 Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics "With humor, insight, piercing logic and a nod to history, Ziliak and McCloskey show how economists-and other scientists-suffer from a mass delusion about statistical analysis. The quest for statistical significance that pervades science today is a deeply flawed…    
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 2/19/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

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
A Reader's Guide
Works Cited