Wednesday January 18, 2018
Excellent article by Lon Kilgore on the misuse of statistics in contemporary published science, confirming the old saying, “Liars figure, and figures lie,” or as British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli said, “There are three types of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
“Before conducting an experiment, every scientist should consult a professional statistician. After conducting an experiment, every scientist should consult a professional statistician.”
Those were the words of advice from statistics professor James Schwenke on the first and last day of every statistics course I took during my master’s and doctoral studies.
He was not wrong.
Sir David Spiegelhalter, president of the Royal Statistical Society, acknowledged and even highlighted these problems in his address to the society in June 2017. He also included this assessment of the veracity of modern research:
“Because stories have gone through so many filters that encourage distortion and selection, the very fact that I am hearing a claim based on statistics is reason to disbelieve it.”
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