Statistics and science

You are here: Home Resources Statistics and science

Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims (Nature Publ Co)
Broad cautions and advice on statistical validation for scientific inference.
Weak statistical standards implicated in scientific irreproducibility
One-quarter of studies that meet commonly used statistical cutoff may be false. From Nature, Nov 11 2013. Note that this refers to social and biological science studies that commonly use p=0.05 as a criterion for significance. In contrast, most astronomers use p=0.003 (3-sigma), and should be less vulnerable to these problems.