The Meaning and Use of Statistical Significance

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In: Handbook of Research Design & Social Measurement

By: Delbert C. Miller & Neil J. Salkind Published: 2002 | 6th Edition
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The Meaning and Use of Statistical Significance

Regardless of whether you use parametric or nonparametric procedures, the goal of inferentialstatis-tics (as opposed to descriptive statistics) is to reach a conclusion regarding the probability of an outcome being attributed to chance rather than to some hypothesized cause.

Statistical significance is a central theme in this rationale. The excerpt from Thompson that follows discusses some of the most important aspects of that concept and its application.

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