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# Statistics Done Wrong: The Woefully Complete Guide

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Everyone knows that abuse of statistics is rampant in popular media. Politicians and marketers present shoddy evidence for dubious claims all the time. But smart people make mistakes too, and when it comes to statistics, plenty of otherwise great scientists--yes, even those published in peer-reviewed journals--are doing statistics wrong.

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Paperback, 176 pages

Published
March 16th 2015
by No Starch Press
(first published April 27th 2013)

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It's a ver ...more

Towards the end, the book veers a bit off course and get more into the ethics of research and research publication. It is interesting (but not really ne ...more

So who is this book for then? Everyone who works with statistics and/or data analytics, and wants to get a handle on some of the most common mistake ...more

- "If you administer questions like this one [a typical question about base rate fallacy] to statistics students and scientific methodology instructors, more than a third fail. If you ask doctors, two thirds fail." Yikes

- "of the top-cited research articles in medicine, a quarter have ...more

I consider ...more

It's mostly stuff I think I already knew, but it was helpful to have it systematically and clearly presented.

The author is a CMU statistics grad stu ...more

The main value of this book I think are all the anecdotes ...more

Yes, people over-rely on and misinterpret p-values. Yes, people "double-dip" and torture/exhaust their data, hunt for statistically significant re ...more

1. Statistics is easy to screw up.

2. Here are all the ways you can screw them up.

3. Here is the actual math that proves it's being screwed up.

#1 is absolute -- you cannot come away from this book without knowing that statistics is a messy science. I got about half of #2 -- I have a better idea of how statistics can be wrong. #3 is rough -- especially in the beginning, there's some math that was just lost on it.

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Topics include: type M error and the problem of underpowered statistics, pseudoreplication, the base rate fallacy, the problems with p values and why confidence intervals are so much better, double dipping data and when to stop a study, the problems with dichotomization vs regression, and ...more

In its own words, ‘it explains how to think about p values, significance, insignificance, confidence intervals, and regression’.

By the time you’ve finished, you’ll be able to spot a dodgy A/B test from a mile off! Since it’s geared towar ...more

Reinhart provides compelling evidence that a large portion of scientific research findings (or interpretations thereof) are probably bogus to some extent or another. In addition to providing numerous examples of the types of common st ...more

"A major objection to dichotomization is that it throws away information. Instead of using a precise number of every patient or observation, you split the observations into groups and throw away the numbers. ... In general, this loss of power and precision is the same you'd get by th ...more

**Statistics Done Wrong or In the Quest for Statistical Significance**

When Alex Reinhart finished his BS in physics, he decided to familiarize himself with statistical concepts, so he enrolled into Statistics (where he eventually got his PhD) and... found out that a significant part of the overall scientific community was grossly misusing statistics in scientific research. This is how this book came to life.

The book is not a textbook and it’s not going to teach you how to do statistics properly. It of ...more

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“Misconceptions are like cockroaches: you have no idea where they came from, but they’re everywhere—often where you don’t expect them—and they’re impervious to nuclear weapons.”
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“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. — Richard P. Feynman”
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