American Statistical Association
New York City
Metropolitan Area Chapter

Biostatistics Seminar Series
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center



Naomi S. Altman, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Statistics and Huck Institute of Life Science
The Pennsylvania State University

P-VALUE: PREACHING TO THE CHOIR OR PRANCING WITH THE DEVIL?

On October 19, 2015, the American Statistical Association convened a panel of experts to issue a statement on the utility, use and misuse of p-values. The panel included Bayesians and frequentists, applied and theoretical statisticians and statistical educators. Why was such a statement even necessary (and how was it possible to get such a diverse group to reach consensus)? Would abolishing the p-value (or other statistical inferential methods) force scientists to improve the quality of their research? What should we teach and promulgate to improve scientific inquiry?

In this minimally technical talk, I will discuss some of what I have learned about p-values from participating in the debate on reproducibility and p-values, writing a column for a widely-read biotechnology journal and collaborating on high throughput genomics studies.


Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Location: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
485 Lexington Avenue
(Between 46th & 47th Streets)
2nd Floor
Conference Room B
New York, New York 10017

**Note: Outside visitors please email celeat@mskcc.org, for building access. You must be on the security list to enter the floor.

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