Re: [R] Popularity of R, SAS, SPSS, Stata...

From: Muenchen, Robert A (Bob) <muenchen_at_utk.edu>
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 15:35:51 -0400

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>On Behalf Of Joris Meys
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>To: Patrick Burns
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>On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 11:15 AM, Patrick Burns
><pburns_at_pburns.seanet.com> wrote:
>>
>> (Statistics is what stuffy professors
>> do, I just look at my data and try to
>> figure out what it means.)
>
>Often those stuffy professors have a reason to do so. When they want
>an objective view on the data for example, or an objective measure of
>the significance of a hypothesis. But you're right, who cares about
>objectiveness these days? It doesn't sell you a paper, does it?

Joris,

Perhaps we can coin a term that's the statistical equivalent of Stephen Colbert's "truthiness"; when a study totally fails to find anything, but it just "feels significant" in your gut!

Bob

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>Joris
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