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Two Cheers for P-values

Stephen Senn, Departments of Statistical Science
& Epidemiology and Public Health,
University College London

Thursday, May 24, 2001, 12:00-1:00 pm

3285 Medical Sciences Center - 1300 University Avenue

ABSTRACT

P-values are a practical success but a critical failure. Scientists the world over use them but scarcely a statistician can be found to defend them. Bayesians in particular find them ridiculous but even the modern frequentist has little time for them. In this talk I consider what, if anything, might be said in their favour.

NOTE - This is the second annual Abbott Laboratories Distinguished Lectureship in Pharmaceutical Applications. It is a joint seminar in the Department of Statistics and the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics at the University of Wisconsin Madison.


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