Applied Biostatistics Seminar Series on Thu Apr 20: Moving to a World Beyond p<0.05

Please join us for the next installment of the MGH Biostatistics Applied Biostatistics Seminar Series, a seminar series designed to introduce researchers to intermediate topics that are highly relevant to clinical biostatistical research. Presenters will introduce us to their area of expertise and motivate the use of these methods with concrete clinical examples.

Moving to a World Beyond p<0.05

Thursday April 20, 2023, 12:00-1:00pm

Hybrid event: In-person, Simches Research Building Room 3110 (185 Cambridge St, Boston) and on Zoom (

Speaker: Ronald L. Wasserstein, PhD, Executive Director, American Statistical Association

Abstract: For nearly a hundred years, the concept of “statistical significance” has been fundamental to statistics and to science. And for nearly that long, it has been controversial and misused as well. In a completely non-technical (and generally humorous) way, ASA Executive Director Ron Wasserstein will explain this controversy, and say why he and others have called for an end to the use of statistical significance as means of determining the worth of scientific results. He will talk about why this change is so hard for the scientific community to make, but why it is good for science and for statistics and will point to alternate approaches.

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