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st: RE: RE: Significance stars

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: RE: Significance stars
Date   Sun, 18 Mar 2007 16:45:49 -0000

Thanks for your testimony. Naturally, real life 
is complicated and short. I too sometimes use 
P < 0.05 as an indicator of what's worth taking
seriously, although always in combination with
other criteria. And I too sometimes compromise 
reluctantly with reviewers for the sake of getting
a paper published. 

All I can say on the last is that the Stata Journal
disapproves very mightily! 

What I find interesting is the apparent lack of 
_any_ good reason for starring. The social facts that 
many people do it and that a few people even insist on 
it are not in question. It's the rationale I seek. 


Anderson, Bradley J
> Interesting history regarding the use of * and ** and I 
> strongly agree with your comments.  Unfortunately, many 
> editors and reviewers regard a certain level of Type I error 
> (usually < .05) as a sacred criterion that defines what's 
> important, and what's not important.  And what gets published 
> and what does not get published.  Indeed, I've had editors 
> who have required us to remove p-values and confidence 
> intervals in favor of * and **.

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