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A Case for Statistical Thinking, Not Just Statistical Technique: Using Non-Parametric Techniques Appropriately

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This case study describes a more nuanced approach to data analysis. The logic of standard parametric approaches is discussed, including strengths and weaknesses. Situations where parametric approaches might not be appropriate are discussed, including the problem of non-normally distributed data. The distribution-free approach of nonparametric statistics is described and shown to be equivalent to parametric statistics and more appropriate for certain data sets.

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