January 11: Phil Stat (Remote) Forum

Special Session of the (remote)
Phil Stat Forum:

11 January 2022

“Statistical Significance Test Anxiety”

TIME: 15:00-17:00 (London, GMT); 10:00-12:00 (EST)

Presenters: Deborah Mayo (Virginia Tech) &
Yoav Benjamini (Tel Aviv University)

Moderator: David Hand (Imperial College London)

Deborah Mayo       Yoav Benjamini        David Hand

Focus of the Session: 

Benjamini, et al. (2021), “The ASA President’s Task Force Statement on Statistical significance and Replicability” (Link to article)

Mayo, D. (2021), “The Statistics Wars and Intellectual Conflicts of Interest” (editorial). Conservation Biology. (Link to article)

Background articles and blogposts (on errorstatistics.com):

Benjamini, Y. (2020), “Selective Inference: The Silent Killer of Replicability”. Harvard Data Science Review.

Wasserstein R. & Lazar, N.(2016). “The ASA’s Statement on p-Values: Context, Process, and Purpose,” The American Statistician 70(2),129-133.

Wasserstein, R., Schirm, A,. & Lazar, N. (2019). “Moving to a world beyond “p < 0.05” (Editorial).The American Statistician 73(S1), 1–19.

For posts on this topic see this blog post.

Slides & video 

D. Mayo’s slides: “The Statistics Wars and Intellectual Conflicts of Interest

Y. Benjamini’s slides: “The ASA president Task Force Statement on Statistical Significance and Replicability

Video of D. Mayo & Y. Benjamini Presentations with D. Hand as moderator:

For a full listing of meetings (including links to videos & slides), see our Phil Stat Forum Schedule page.


The P-Values Debate


National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS): The Statistics Debate (Video)


The Statistics Debate

October 15, 2020: Noon – 2 pm ET
(17-19:00 London Time)

Website: https://www.niss.org/events/statistics-debate
(Online webinar debate, free but must register to attend on website above)


Debate Host: Dan Jeske (University of California, Riverside)

Jim Berger (Duke University)
Deborah Mayo (Virginia Tech)
David Trafimow (New Mexico State University)

Where do you stand?

  • Given the issues surrounding the misuses and abuse of p-values, do you think p-values should be used?
  • Do you think the use of estimation and confidence intervals eliminates the need for hypothesis tests?
  • Bayes Factors – are you for or against?
  • How should we address the reproducibility crisis?

If you are intrigued by these questions and have an interest in how these questions might be answered – one way of the other – then this is the event for you!

Want to get a sense of the thinking behind the practicality (or not) of various statistical approaches?  Interested in hearing both sides of the story – during the same session!?

This event will be held in a debate type of format. The participants will be given selected questions ahead of time, so they have a chance to think about their responses, but this is intended to be much less of a presentation and more of a give and take between the debaters.

So – let’s have fun with this!  The best way to find out what happens is to register and attend!