Karen Kafadar, Yoav Benjamini, and Donald Macnaughton will be in a session:
Should Science Abandon Statistical Significance?
Friday, Feb 18 from 2-2:45 PM (EST) at the AAAS 2022 annual meeting.
The concept of statistical significance is central in scientific research. However, the concept is often poorly understood and thus is often unfairly criticized. This presentation includes three independent but overlapping arguments about the usefulness of the concept of statistical significance to reliably detect “effects” in frontline scientific research data. We illustrate the arguments with examples of scientific importance from genomics, physics, and medicine. We explain how the concept of statistical significance provides a cost-efficient objective way to empower scientific research with evidence.
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