IN THE NEWS: Vox (July 31, 2017)

[From the article “What a nerdy debate about p-values shows about science — and how to fix it” by Brian Resnick at Vox.com
“There’s a huge debate going on in social science right now. The question is simple, and strikes near the heart of all research: What counts as solid evidence?…One of the thorniest issues with this question is statistical significance. It’s one of the most influential metrics to determine whether a result is published in a scientific journal.”
“Now a group of 72 prominent statisticians, psychologists, economists, sociologists, political scientists, biomedical researchers, and others want to disrupt the status quo. A forthcoming paper in the journal Nature Human Behavior argues that results should only be deemed “statistically significant” if they pass a higher threshold….“We propose a change to P< 0.005,” the authors write. “This simple step would immediately improve the reproducibility of scientific research in many fields.””
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