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ERIC Number: EJ1034273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Deconstructing Statistical Analysis
Snell, Joel
Education, v134 n3 p282-284 Spr 2014
Using a very complex statistical analysis and research method for the sake of enhancing the prestige of an article or making a new product or service legitimate needs to be monitored and questioned for accuracy. 1) The more complicated the statistical analysis, and research the fewer the number of learned readers can understand it. This adds a mystique to the article. A journal with an elaborate analysis of a problem with an assumption of hard numbers can hide the presentation in which apples and oranges are brought together. 2) The chance that the article will probably be published is increased for that which has the most elaborate analysis. 3) Science is not served by the strategy of embellishing analysis. The soft sciences should drop their name from science to research methodologies. By stepping down in the stretch for power and prestige, the research methodologies should receive more respect. Elaborate jargon filled stats and methods replaced by transparent and simple mathematics should gain the acclaim of the hard sciences rather than the reverse if social sciences answers are valid and reliable.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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