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Statistical Rules of Thumb

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Visit this site: http://www.vanbelle.org/

Author:Gerald van Belle
Description: This companion website to Statistical Rules of Thumb, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., offers free PDFs of chapter two ("Sample Size") and more than a dozen "monthly rules of thumb," such as "Use Text for a Few Numbers, Tables for Many Numbers, Graphs for Complex Relationships"; "Listen to, and Heed the Advice of Experts in the Field"; "In Screening, Ruling out Disease Requires High Sensitivity, Ruling in Disease Requires High Specificity"; "Think Beyond Simple ANOVA When a Factor Is Time or Dose -- Think ANCOVA"; "Very Non-significant P-values Are Very Significant"; "Hard and Fast Rule: Always Use p = 0.05 ... Not"; "Be Eclectic and Ecumenical in Inference"; "Don't Summarize Regression Sampling Schemes with Correlation"; "Think about SPIN and SNOUT"; and "Dichotomize Continuous Variables for Odds Ratio Analysis." vanbelle.org also features textbook errata; a biography of the author; and presentations he has given, such as "How to tell the President the Truth" (Boeing) and "Statistical Rules of Thumb for Observational Studies" (Center for Health Studies).

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Problems/Puzzles, Textbooks
Math Topics: Statistics

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