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Saturday, March 05, 2016

Mismeasure of Uncertainty

Stephen Few thoughtfully reviews Willful Ignorance:  The Mismeasure of Uncertainty, by Herbert Weisberg.

Modern science relies heavily on an approach to the assessment of uncertainty that is too narrow. Scientists rely on statistical measures of significance to establish the merits of their findings, often without fully understanding the limitations of those statistics and the original intentions for their use. P-values and even confidence intervals are cited as stamps of approval for studies that are meaningless and of no real value. Researchers strive to reach significance thresholds as if that were the goal, rather than the addition of useful knowledge. In his book Willful Ignorance: The Mismeasure of Uncertainty, Herbert I. Weisberg, PhD, describes this impediment to science and suggests solutions. ... " 

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