SPHPM Seminar - Professor John Carlin, The scourge of significantitis: will satisticians an epidemiologists rise to the challenge?
- 11 October 2017 at 12:30 pm – 11 October 2017 at 1:30 pm
- Conference room 2, 553 St Kilda Road
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Professor John Carlin, The scourge of significantitis: will satisticians an epidemiologists rise to the challenge? (The Murdoch Children's Research Institute)
John Carlin is a Professor in biostatistics at the University of Melbourne, with primary role as head of the Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics Unit at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Royal Children’s Hospital). He has wide-ranging interests in biostatistics, including methods for handling missing data and longitudinal analysis, with a particular focus on the interface between methods (including inferential tools such as p-values) and practical problems in clinical and epidemiological research.
This talk will review and explain why there is a growing consensus among numerous authorities that the concept of statistical significance is not just flawed as a gold standard for licensing scientific findings as true but may actually be a major contributor to problems of poor research quality and irreproducibility. I will examine the prospects for addressing these problems by emphasising more descriptive presentations of data and acknowledging in a more fundamental way that all empirically based statistical conclusions are uncertain.
- Associate Professor Anita Wluka
- Monash University, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.