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Statistical sirens: the allure of nonparametrics

Ecology

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Abstract

Although nonparametric statistical methods have a role to play in the analysis of data, often their virtues are overstated and their deficiencies overlooked. A recent Special Feature in Ecology advocated nonparametric methods because of an erroneously stated advantage that they require no assumptions regarding the distribution underlying the observations. The present paper points out some often-ignored features of nonparametric tests comparing two means, and advocates parameter estimation as a preferred alternative to hypothesis testing in many situations.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Statistical sirens: the allure of nonparametrics
Series title:
Ecology
Volume
76
Issue:
6
Year Published:
1995
Language:
English
Description:
p. 1998-2000
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
1998
Last page:
2000
Number of Pages:
2