Statistics: An Introduction

Misuses of Statistics

Statistics consists of tests used to analyze data. These tests provide an analytic framework within which researchers can pursue their research questions. This framework provides one way of working with observable information. Like other analytic frameworks, statistical tests can be misused, resulting in potential misinterpretation and misrepresentation. Researchers decide which research questions to ask, which groups to study, how those groups should be divided, which variables to focus upon, and how best to categorize and measure such variables. The point is that researchers retain the ability to manipulate any study even as they decide what to study and how to study it.

Potential Misuses:

Measures Against Potential Misuses:

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