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‘Cult of Statistical Significance’ authors celebrate victory in Supreme Court

by Trade Marketing March 29, 2011

“Statistical significance is neither necessary nor sufficient for proving a commercial or scientific result.”  When two University of Michigan Press authors, Deirdre N. McCloskey and Stephen T. Ziliak, first began saying so, back in the 1980s, most of their colleagues dismissed their logic and findings.  Ziliak himself, a Trustee and Professor of Economics at Roosevelt University, was advised by some of his professors to stop talking about statistical significance.  But he and McCloskey, co-authors of the critically acclaimed book, The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives (2008), kept talking and talking. Now […]

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Economist blog quotes UM Press author in billion-dollar cold medicine case

by University of Michigan Press January 24, 2011

A letter from author Stephen Ziliak has been quoted extensively in The Economist’s View blog posted by Mark Thoma, in regards to the amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court on November 12, 2010. Ziliak’s brief claims that the very popular cold and flu relief medication, Zicam, has been found to cause users to permanently lose their sense of smell. The amicus brief filed by Ziliak is regarded with high importance, and “it is said to be one of the top ten cases of the year as the Court’s decision has general and large implications for liability, regulation, and reporting […]

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