Statistical Inference and the Replication Crisis

Review of Philosophy and Psychology 12 (1):121-147 (2018)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

The replication crisis has prompted many to call for statistical reform within the psychological sciences. Here we examine issues within Frequentist statistics that may have led to the replication crisis, and we examine the alternative—Bayesian statistics—that many have suggested as a replacement. The Frequentist approach and the Bayesian approach offer radically different perspectives on evidence and inference with the Frequentist approach prioritising error control and the Bayesian approach offering a formal method for quantifying the relative strength of evidence for hypotheses. We suggest that rather than mere statistical reform, what is needed is a better understanding of the different modes of statistical inference and a better understanding of how statistical inference relates to scientific inference.

Author's Profile

Lincoln Colling
Cambridge University

Analytics

Added to PP
2018-11-06

Downloads
499 (#37,686)

6 months
162 (#23,646)

Historical graph of downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.
How can I increase my downloads?