Category: NEWS & EVENTS


Data Sharing: The View from the Publishers

[From the article “Implementing publisher policies that inform, support and encourage authors to share data: two case studies” by Leila Jones, Rebecca Grant, and Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, published in Insights: the UKSG journal] “As scholarly journals and publishers find themselves at…

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Don’t Wash That Data!

[From the article “Embrace the unknown” by Chris Ferguson, published in The Psychologist]  “Consider the basic premise ‘Does X cause Y?’ It’s at the root of almost any question of interest to the general public or policy makers. Does cognitive-behavioural…

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The Private and Public Benefits of Posting Data and Code

[From the blog “Why researchers should publish their data” by Karl Rubio, posted at http://www.povertyactionlab.org%5D “There has been a growing research transparency movement within the social sciences to encourage broader data publication. In this blog post we share some background…

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How to Measure the Importance of a Variable in a Regression Equation

[From the working paper “On the economic importance of the determinants of long-term growth” by Olivier Sterck, posted at the Centre for the Study of African Economies working papers website] “The long-run growth literature abounds with statements about the“economic significance”…

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Picking Significant Estimates to Replicate Can Induce “Replication Crisis”-Like Results

[From the paper “Statistical Methods for Replicability Assessment” by Kenneth Hung and William Fithian, posted at ArXiv.org. Note that H&K’s paper is primarily concerned with presenting an empirical procedure for addressing questions about replicability after correcting for selection bias. This…

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IN THE NEWS: Undark (March 21, 2019)

[From the article “Stats Experts Plead: Just Say No to P-Hacking” by Dalmeet Singh Chawla, published in Undark] “For decades, researchers have used a statistical measure called the p-value — a widely-debated statistic that even scientists find difficult to define — that is…

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Editor-in-Chief of Nature Wants Researchers to Make Their Data and Code Available

[From the article “Nature editor: researchers should be forced to make data public” by David Matthews, published at Times Higher Education] “The editor-in-chief of Nature has said that she would like to force researchers to make the data and code behind their…

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Special Issue of The American Statistician: “Statistical Inference in the 21st Century: A World Beyond p < 0.05”

[From the introductory editorial “Moving to a World Beyond ‘p < 0.05’” by Ronald Wasserstein, Allen Schirm and Nicole Lazar, published in The American Statistician] “Some of you exploring this special issue of The American Statistician might be wondering if…

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“Retire Statistical Significance”: A Call to Join the Discussion

[From the blog “‘Retire Statistical Significance’: The discussion” by Andrew Gelman, posted at Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science] “So, the paper by Valentin Amrhein, Sander Greenland, and Blake McShane that we discussed a few weeks ago has just appeared online as…

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To p-Value or Not to p-Value? An Answer From Signal Detection Theory

[From the article “Insights into Criteria for Statistical Significance from Signal Detection Analysis” by Jessica Witt, published in Meta-Psychology] “… the best criteria for statistical significance are ones that maximize discriminability between real and null effects, not just those that…

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