statistics
How to Use P-Values Correctly
How to Use P-Values Correctly
Kerry Grens | Mar 9, 2016
The American Statistical Association offers guidance on best practices for the oft-misused tool.
Methylation’s Role in Eusocial Insect Behavior Questioned
Methylation’s Role in Eusocial Insect Behavior Questioned
Catherine Offord | Jan 22, 2016
Researchers re-examine the evidence for DNA methylation as the cause of behavioral differences among social insects.
Can We Smell A Trillion Odors?
Can We Smell A Trillion Odors?
Kerry Grens | Jul 8, 2015
A reanalysis calls into question a year-old claim that humans can decipher at least 1 trillion different scents.
WHO: TB’s Toll Worse Than Thought
WHO: TB’s Toll Worse Than Thought
Bob Grant | Oct 22, 2014
A new report from the World Health Organization finds that tuberculosis has infected hundreds of thousands more people around the world than was estimated a year ago.
Week in Review: October 13–17
Week in Review: October 13–17
Jef Akst | Oct 17, 2014
Snail not extinct after all; results too good to be true?; mice need myelin production for motor learning; keeping the brain young; the evolution of archaea
Epigenetics Paper Raises Questions
Epigenetics Paper Raises Questions
Kate Yandell | Oct 16, 2014
GENETICS publishes a commentary criticizing a Nature Neuroscience paper claiming that mice can inherit smell sensitivities that their parents acquired during life.
Screen the Healthy?
Screen the Healthy?
Tracy Vence | Mar 12, 2014
In light of a study that showed blood-based biomarkers could predict future cognitive impairment, researchers discuss statistical analyses and the problem of false positives.
BPTW: By the Numbers
BPTW: By the Numbers
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2013
Take a closer look at some of the statistics generated by The Scientist's Best Place to Work Academia 2013 survey.
Opinion: Statistical Misconceptions
Opinion: Statistical Misconceptions
Vladica M. Veličković | Jul 31, 2013
Researchers must be wary of the common mistakes of correlation analysis when drawing conclusions about the nature of their data.
Worried Sick
Worried Sick
Megan Scudellari | Jul 1, 2013
Expectations can make you ill. Fear can make you fragile. Understanding the nocebo effect may help prevent this painful phenomenon.