Conference/WorkShop

WORKSHOP

The Statistics Wars
and Their Casualties

1 December and 8 December 2022
Sessions #3 and #4
15:00-18:15 pm London Time/10:00am-1:15pm EST
ONLINE
(London School of Economics, CPNSS)
registration form


For slides and videos of Sessions #1 and #2: see this workshop post

1 December

Session 3 (Moderator: Daniël Lakens, Eindhoven University of Technology)

OPENING 

  • “What Happened So Far”: A medley (20 min) of recaps from Sessions 1 & 2: Deborah Mayo (Virginia Tech), Richard Morey (Cardiff), Stephen Senn (Edinburgh), Daniël Lakens (Eindhoven), Christian Hennig (Bologna) & Yoav Benjamini (Tel Aviv).

SPEAKERS

  • Daniele Fanelli (London School of Economics and Political Science) The neglected importance of complexity in statistics and Metascience  (Abstract)
  • Stephan Guttinger (University of Exeter) What are questionable research practices? (Abstract)
  • David J. Hand (Imperial College, London) What’s the question? (Abstract)

DISCUSSIONS:

  • Closing Panel: “Where Should Stat Activists Go From Here (Part i)?”: Yoav Benjamini, Daniele Fanelli, Stephan Guttinger, David Hand, Christian Hennig, Daniël Lakens, Deborah Mayo, Richard Morey, Stephen Senn

8 December

Session 4 (Moderator: Deborah Mayo, Virginia Tech)

SPEAKERS

  • Jon Williamson (University of Kent) Causal inference is not statistical inference (Abstract)
  • Margherita Harris (London School of Economics and Political Science) On Severity, the Weight of Evidence, and the Relationship Between the Two (Abstract)
  • Aris Spanos (Virginia Tech) Revisiting the Two Cultures in Statistical Modeling and Inference as they relate to the Statistics Wars and Their Potential Casualties (Abstract)
  • Uri Simonsohn (Esade Ramon Llull University) Mathematically Elegant Answers to Research Questions No One is Asking (meta-analysis, random effects models, and Bayes factors) (Abstract)

DISCUSSIONS;

  • Closing Panel: “Where Should Stat Activists Go From Here (Part ii)?”: Workshop Participants: Yoav Benjamini, Alexander Bird, Mark Burgman, Daniele Fanelli, Stephan Guttinger, David Hand, Margherita Harris, Christian Hennig, Daniël Lakens, Deborah Mayo, Richard Morey, Stephen Senn, Uri Simonsohn, Aris Spanos, Jon Williamson

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: While the field of statistics has a long history of passionate foundational controversy, the last decade has, in many ways, been the most dramatic. Misuses of statistics, biasing selection effects, and high-powered methods of big-data analysis, have helped to make it easy to find impressive-looking but spurious results that fail to replicate. As the crisis of replication has spread beyond psychology and social sciences to biomedicine, genomics, machine learning and other fields, the need for critical appraisal of proposed reforms is growing. Many are welcome (transparency about data, eschewing mechanical uses of statistics); some are quite radical. The experts do not agree on the best ways to promote trustworthy results, and these disagreements often reflect philosophical battles–old and new– about the nature of inductive-statistical inference and the roles of probability in statistical inference and modeling. Intermingled in the controversies about evidence are competing social, political, and economic values. If statistical consumers are unaware of assumptions behind rival evidence-policy reforms, they cannot scrutinize the consequences that affect them. What is at stake is a critical standpoint that we may increasingly be in danger of losing. Critically reflecting on proposed reforms and changing standards requires insights from statisticians, philosophers of science, psychologists, journal editors, economists and practitioners from across the natural and social sciences. This workshop will bring together these interdisciplinary insights–from speakers as well as attendees.

Speakers/Panellists:

Yoav Benjamini (Tel Aviv University), Alexander Bird (University of Cambridge), Mark Burgman (Imperial College London),  Daniele Fanelli (London School of Economics and Political Science), Roman Frigg (London School of Economics and Political Science), Stephan Guttinger (University of Exeter), David Hand (Imperial College London), Margherita Harris  (London School of Economics and Political Science), Christian Hennig (University of Bologna), Daniël Lakens (Eindhoven University of Technology), Deborah Mayo (Virginia Tech), Richard Morey (Cardiff University), Stephen Senn (Edinburgh, Scotland), Uri Simonsohn (Esade Ramon Llull University), Aris Spanos (Virginia Tech), Jon Williamson (University of Kent)

Sponsors/Affiliations:

The Foundation for the Study of Experimental Reasoning, Reliability, and the Objectivity and Rationality of Science (E.R.R.O.R.S.); Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS), London School of Economics; Virginia Tech Department of Philosophy

Organizers: D. Mayo, R. Frigg and M. Harris
Logistician
(chief logistics and contact person): Jean Miller
Executive Planning Committee: Y. Benjamini, D. Hand, D. Lakens, S. Senn

To register for the workshop,
please fill out the registration form here. 

The Statistics Wars and Their Casualties Videos & Slides from Sessions 1 & 2

Below are the videos and slides from the 6 talks from Session 1 and Session 2 of our workshop The Statistics Wars and Their Casualties held on September 22 & 23, 2022. Session 1 speakers were: Deborah Mayo (Virginia Tech), Richard Morey (Cardiff University), Stephen Senn (Edinburgh, Scotland). Session 2 speakers were:  Daniël Lakens (Eindhoven University of Technology),  Christian Hennig (University of Bologna), Yoav Benjamini (Tel Aviv University).  Abstracts can be found here and the schedule here. Some participant related publications are on this page.

The final 2 sessions of our online workshop (Sessions 3 and 4) will be held on Thursdays, Dec 1 and Dec 8, 2022 from 1500-1815 (London time) and 10am-1:15pm (New York City time).

SESSION 1

Brief Intro to Session 1 by David Hand (Imperial College)

Deborah Mayo (Virginia Tech):
The Statistics Wars and Their Casualties

Richard Morey (Cardiff University)
Bayes factors, p values, and the replication crisis

Slide show is posted on his webpage here.

Stephen Senn (Edinburgh)
The replication crisis: are P-values the problem and are Bayes factors the solution?

Session 1 Discussion

SESSION 2

[Brief Intro to Session 2 by Stephen Senn (Edinburgh)]
Daniël Lakens (Eindhoven University of Technology)
The role of background assumptions in severity appraisal 

Christian Hennig (University of Bologna)
On the interpretation of the mathematical characteristics of statistical tests

Yoav Benjamini (Tel Aviv University)
The two statistical cornerstones of replicability: addressing selective inference and irrelevant variability

Session 2 Discussion

The Statistics Wars & Their Casualties: Slides from Sessions 1 & 2

The Statistics Wars and Their Casualties

Session 1 (September 22, 2022)

Deborah Mayo (Virginia Tech)
The Statistics Wars and Their Casualties (Abstract)

Richard Morey (Cardiff University)
Bayes factors, p values, and the replication crisis (Abstract)

Slide show is posted on his webpage here.

Stephen Senn (Edinburgh Scottland): The replication crisis: are P-values the problem and are Bayes factors the solution? (Abstract) (more…)

22-23 September: Final schedule with abstracts: The statistics wars and their casualties ONLINE

The Statistics Wars
and Their Casualties

Final Schedule for September 22 & 23 (Workshop Sessions 1 & 2)

You can still register: https://phil-stat-wars.com/2022/09/19/22-23-september-workshop-schedule-the-statistics-wars-and-their-casualties/ (more…)

22-23 September workshop schedule: The Statistics Wars and Their Casualties

WORKSHOP

The Statistics Wars
and Their Casualties

22-23 September 2022
15:00-18:00 pm London Time*
ONLINE
(London School of Economics, CPNSS)

To register for the workshop,
please fill out the registration form here.

*These will be sessions 1 & 2, there will be two more
online sessions (3 & 4) on December 1 & 8.

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