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Can ANOVA measure causal strength?

Northcott, Robert (2008) Can ANOVA measure causal strength? Quarterly Review of Biology, 83 (1). pp. 47-55.

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Abstract

The statistical technique of analysis of variance is often used by biologists as a measure of causal factors’ relative strength or importance. I argue that it is a tool ill suited to this purpose, on several grounds. I suggest a superior alternative, and outline some implications. I finish with a diagnosis of the source of error – an unwitting inheritance of bad philosophy that now requires the remedy of better philosophy.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Northcott, Robertr.northcott@bbk.ac.uk
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Depositing User: Dr Robert Northcott
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2018 21:27
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2018 21:27
Item ID: 15409
Journal or Publication Title: Quarterly Review of Biology
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Date: March 2008
Page Range: pp. 47-55
Volume: 83
Number: 1
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15409

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