Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Chow: Statistical significance

A viable alternative to null-hypothesis testing

Bruno D. Zumbo a1
a1 Departments of Psychology and of Mathematics, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, B.C. V2N 4Z9, Canada


This commentary advocates an alternative to null-hypothesis testing that was originally represented by Rozeboom over three decades ago yet is not considered by Chow (1996). The central distinguishing feature of this approach is that it allows the scientist to conclude that the data are much better fit by those hypotheses whose values fall inside the interval than by those outside.