A flurry of blogs on NHST

Perhaps people are always blogging about problems with the use of null hypothesis significance testing (HNST) in ecology, and I’ve just noticed. But there seems to have been a spate recently. There is a blog post about this at the Journal of Ecology, which criticises the adherence to alpha = 0.05. The post is worth reading, but I’m just not sure it quite hits the mark. In my opinion, the major problem with the use of NHST is usually the null hypothesis, so a problem arises well before the p-value is calculated or compared with the chosen alpha. See:

http://jecologyblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/a-more-rational-alternative-to-blind-usage-of-%CE%B1-0-05/

Some related posts by me are here and here.

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I conduct research on environmental decision making and quantitative ecology. My teaching is mainly at post-grad level at The University of Melbourne.
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