Statistical Science

Avoiding Statistical Pitfalls

Christopher Chatfield

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Abstract

In many real-life problems, avoiding trouble can be at least as important as achieving optimality and is a necessary precondition anyway. Some guidelines are suggested for avoiding pitfalls throughout a statistical investigation. A range of real-life examples is presented to show how difficulties can arise in practice and how they may be overcome. These examples are unlike the idealized and sanitized illustrations that typically appear in the literature.

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Source
Statist. Sci., Volume 6, Number 3 (1991), 240-252.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

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https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1177011686

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/ss/1177011686

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Keywords
Strategy objectives messy data asking questions consulting IDA graphs model-building

Citation

Chatfield, Christopher. Avoiding Statistical Pitfalls. Statist. Sci. 6 (1991), no. 3, 240--252. doi:10.1214/ss/1177011686. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1177011686


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  • See Comment: D. F. Andrews. [Avoiding Statistical Pitfalls]: Comment. Statist. Sci., Volume 6, Number 3 (1991), 253--253.
  • See Comment: R. A. Bailey. [Avoiding Statistical Pitfalls]: Comment. Statist. Sci., Volume 6, Number 3 (1991), 254--255.
  • See Comment: Murray K. Clayton, Erik V. Nordheim. [Avoiding Statistical Pitfalls]: Comment. Statist. Sci., Volume 6, Number 3 (1991), 255--257.
  • See Comment: Ned Glick. [Avoiding Statistical Pitfalls]: Comment. Statist. Sci., Volume 6, Number 3 (1991), 258--262.
  • See Comment: C. L. Mallows, D. Pregibon. [Avoiding Statistical Pitfalls]: Comment. Statist. Sci., Volume 6, Number 3 (1991), 263--264.
  • See Comment: Douglas A. Zahn. [Avoiding Statistical Pitfalls]: Comment. Statist. Sci., Volume 6, Number 3 (1991), 264--267.
  • See Comment: Christopher Chatfield. [Avoiding Statistical Pitfalls]: Rejoinder. Statist. Sci., Volume 6, Number 3 (1991), 267--268.