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10 Commandments of Statistical Inference

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1. Thou shalt not hunt statistical inference with a shotgun.

2. Thou shalt not enter the valley of the methods of inference without an

experimental design.

3. Thou shalt not make statistical inference in the absence of a model.

4. Thou shalt honour the assumptions of thy model.

5. Thy shalt not adulterate thy model to obtain significant results.

6. Thy shalt not covet thy colleagues' data.

7. Thy shalt not bear false witness against thy control group.

8. Thou shalt not worship the 0.05 significance level.

9. Thy shalt not apply large sample approximation in vain.

10. Thou shalt not infer causal relationships from statistical


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