statistics

Citing Recent Court Cases, Professor Praises U-M Press Title

by Shaun Manning December 6, 2011

In a recent blog post considering high court decisions in the United States and Britain, Michael Smithson, Professor of Psychology and Decision Sciences at Australia National University, called Stephen T. Ziliak and Deidre N. McCloskey’s Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives “a swinging demolition of the unquestioned application of statistical significance in a variety of domains.” Like Ziliak and McCloskey, Dr. Smithson notes that there are meaningful applications of statistical significance, but context is important–what is being measured, what is the sample size, and what a non-significance finding might actually mean are […]

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Q&A with Stephen Ziliak co-author of The Cult of Statistical Significance

by University of Michigan Press September 10, 2008

Stephen Ziliak and Deirdre McCloskey have published a new book: The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives (University of Michigan Press, 2008). Question: How, if at all, can a book on statistics deal with issues of social justice? Stephen Ziliak (“Prof Z”): Good question! For years, I, like most people, did not see any connection at all between statistics and social justice, or, to say it more generally, between statistics and ethics. It wasn’t until 1989 – while working at the Indiana Department of Workforce Development – that I saw for the […]

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