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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Mathematics

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October 16, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Faculty/Administration #1140 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free

Speaker: Dr. Michael L. Lavine, Program Manager, ARO

Title: The Performance of a Statistical Procedure Does Not Equal the Strength of the Evidence

Abstract: It is common to cite performance characteristics of a statistical procedure — a p-value, a confidence interval and coefficient, misclassification rates, Type I and Type II error rates — to indicate how strongly we should believe the results of the procedure.  However, as this talk will demonstrate, performance characteristics do not measure evidential strength.  In fact, performance characteristics are incompatible with the strength of the evidence in any fixed data set.

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