Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Open Peer Commentary
Chow: Statistical significance

Some statistical misconceptions in Chow's Statistical significance


Jacques Poitevineau a1 and Bruno Lecoutre a2
a1 LCPE, C.N.R.S., 92120 Montrouge, France jacques.poitevineau@ens.fr
a2 C.N.R.S. et Université de Rouen, 76821 Mont-Saint-Aignan Cedex, France bruno.lecoutre@univ-rouen.fr http://epeire.univ-rouen.fr/labos/eris

Abstract

Chow's book makes a provocative contribution to the debate on the role of statistical significance, but it involves some important misconceptions in the presentation of the Fisher and Neyman/Pearson's theories. Moreover, the author's caricature-like considerations about “Bayesianism” are completely irrelevant for discarding the Bayesian statistical theory. These facts call into question the objectivity of his contribution.



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