Statistical sirens: The allure of nonparametrics




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 feature of nonparametric tests comparing two means, and advocates parameter estimation as a preferred alternative to hypothesis testing in many situations.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Statistical sirens: The allure of nonparametrics
Series title Ecology
DOI 10.2307/1940733
Volume 76
Issue 6
Year Published 1995
Language English
Publisher Ecological Society of America
Contributing office(s) Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description 3 p.
First page 1998
Last page 2000
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