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Statistics as Principled Argument


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Contents: Preface. Abelson's Laws. Making Claims With Statistics. Elementary Arguments and the Role of Chance. Magnitude of Effects. Styles of Rhetoric. On Suspecting Fishiness. Articulation of Results: Ticks and Buts. Generality of Effects. Interestingness of Argument. Credibility of Argument.


"Everyone doing research or planning to do research should read this book. You will be surprised at how much you will learn." - Psychological Science "The book itself is the best demonstration of the validity of Abelson's thesis. It proves that statistical issues can be addressed in an articulate, interesting, entertaining and persuasive way." - British Journal of Mathematical & Statistical Psychology "Abelson has, in brief, produced a thought-provoking synthesis of the woes and promises of much modern sychological statistics." - British Journal of Psychology

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