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What statistical significance means

By Dr Siu L. Chow

Abstract

Sohn (1998) presents a good argument that neither statistical significance nor effect size is indicative of the replicability of research results. His objection to the Bayesian argument is also succinct. However, his solution of the `replicability belief' issue is problematic, and his verdict that significance tests have no role to play in empirical research is debatable. The strengths and weaknesses of Sohn's argument may be seen by explicating some of his assertions. KEY WORDS: chance, control, reliability, replication, statistical significance

Topics: Cognitive Psychology
Year: 1998
DOI identifier: 10.1177/0959354398083003
OAI identifier: oai:cogprints.org:2961

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