RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 168717577 LA English T1 The cult of statistical significance : how the standard error costs us jobs, justice, and lives A1 Ziliak, Stephen Thomas,, McCloskey, Deirdre N., PB University of Michigan Press PP Ann Arbor YR 2008 SN 9780472070077 047207007X 9780472050079 0472050079 AB The Cult of Statistical Significance shows, field by field, how "statistical significance," a technique that dominates many sciences, has been a huge mistake. The authors find that researchers in a broad spectrum of fields, from agronomy to zoology, employ testing that doesn't "test" and estimating that doesn't "estimate". The facts will startle the outside reader: how could a group of brilliant scientists wander so far from scientific magnitudes? This study will encourage scientists who want to know how to get the statistical sciences back on track and fulfill their quantitative promise. The book shows for the first time how wide the disaster is, and how bad for science, and it traces the problem to its historical, sociological, and philosophical roots.