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Statistical reform and the replication crisis

Colling, Lincoln and Szucs, Denes (2018) Statistical reform and the replication crisis. Review of Philosophy and Psychology. ISSN 1878-5158

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Abstract

The replication crisis has prompted many to call for statistical reform within the psychological sciences. Here we examine issues within Frequentist statistics that may have led to the replication crisis, and we examine the alternative---Bayesian statistics---that many have suggested as a replacement. The Frequentist approach and the Bayesian approach offer radically different perspectives on evidence and inference with the Frequentist approach prioritising error control and the Bayesian approach offering a formal method for quantifying the relative strength of evidence for hypotheses. We suggest that rather than mere statistical reform, what is needed is a better understanding of the different modes of statistical inference and a better understanding of how statistical inference relates to scientific inference.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Colling, Lincolnljc65@cam.ac.uk0000-0002-3572-7758
Szucs, Denes
Keywords: philosophy of statistics; philosophy of science
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Dr Lincoln Colling
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 18:31
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2018 18:31
Item ID: 15258
Journal or Publication Title: Review of Philosophy and Psychology
Publisher: Springer
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Date: 2018
ISSN: 1878-5158
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15258

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