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The Need for Nuance in the Null Hypothesis Significance Testing Debate

Journal article
Authors Olle Häggström
Published in Educational and Psychological Measurement
Volume 77
Issue 4
Pages 616-630
ISSN 0013-1644
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Mathematical Sciences
Pages 616-630
Language en
Keywords hypothesis testing, p value, statistics
Subject categories Mathematics


© 2016, © The Author(s) 2016. Null hypothesis significance testing (NHST) provides an important statistical toolbox, but there are a number of ways in which it is often abused and misinterpreted, with bad consequences for the reliability and progress of science. Parts of contemporary NHST debate, especially in the psychological sciences, is reviewed, and a suggestion is made that a new distinction between strongly, weakly, and very weakly anti-NHST positions is likely to bring added clarity to the debate.

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