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making sense of published medical literature; a statistical question
Posted by Donna Hobgood on September 16, 2019, 12:36 pm
Many scientists in the medical field have remarked that the reader is finding published studies hard to make sense of. Many reasons are cited including the sheer volume of work that is increasing almost logarithically. Second, statistically methods are getting more complex. And commercial sponsorship of research make for some bias in the conclusions. And some studies involving politically sensitive subjects (such as climate change) are couched in politicization.
Anyway, the question I have is this. since one is left to ones own common sense such as it is, here's how I would put my dilemna. Is there such as thing in statistics as, "the whole is more than a sum of its parts" such that there are not adequate statistical methods to say anymore than that. Or can one say simply that there are no mysterious unaccounted for variables, but that synergism exists in the measured variables.
- making sense of published medical literature; a statistical question - Donna Hobgood September 16, 2019, 12:36 pm
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