Your significant statistical test proves nothing #AAPOR


In quite a few presentations over the last few days I’ve heard people make claims like
– my regression showed that women are more likely to…
– my factor analysis showed there are three groups…

Big problem. Tests prove nothing. Statistical tests give you an idea of the likelihood a bunch of numbers have a distribution due to chance. That’s it. Numbers. Pretty numbers.

The interpretation you make of the numbers, well that’s a completely different story. Everyone will interpret data just a little bit differently. Significant or not.

 

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