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st: -swilk- , or thought for the day


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: -swilk- , or thought for the day
Date   Thu, 13 Nov 2008 19:10:30 -0000

The Shapiro-Wilk test for normality implemented in Stata's -swilk- is
quite often used. 

The journal _Statistical Science_ has on its page of future papers 

<http://www.imstat.org/sts/future_papers.html> 

the paper "A conversation with Martin Bradbury Wilk" by Christian Genest
and Gordon Brackstone. Dr Wilk was born in 1922 and looks back on a
productive statistical and scientific life. 

I thought I would share this exchange with you: 
     
Christian: The 1965 Biometrika paper introducing the Shapiro-Wilk test
statistic is certainly a classic. 

Martin: I am obviously pleased with that, but to be truthful I don't
regard this work as such a great accomplishment. I am fond of saying,
significance tests are things to do while one is trying to think of
something sensible to do. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

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