Statistical significance on xkcd

Posted to Miscellaneous  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

It’s xkcd on statistical significance. I need to stop eating all those green jelly beans.

I hear there’s also a link between sunshine and lollipops.

3 Comments

  • If every news article came with a caveat about multiple-testing corrections, we’d be in for some very long news articles indeed.

  • I actually based a whole lecture on this comic yesterday. My students are just starting to understand p-values so it was perfect!

  • Can someone help me find the semi-satirical academic paper published debunking an earlier paper finding support for telepathy? It was a hoot, and its dismantling of the original paper was based on precisely this multiple-testing issue.

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