The Danger of Relying on Statistical Significance
“Is that statistically significant?”
The question sounds scientific and well-meaning, but is too often misguided and dangerous according to leading statisticians. The popular misconception that being statistically significant is the be-all and end-all of truth has many unintended consequences.
The biggest problem is that often what appears to be fact is simply statistical noise, and what may well be fact is sadly ignored.
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