Statistics: When Confounding Variables Are Out of Control

Statistics: When Confounding Variables Are Out of Control

by Neuroskeptic

“Literally hundreds of thousands of studies spanning numerous fields of science have historically relied on measurement-level incremental validity arguments to support strong conclusions about the relationships between theoretical constructs.”
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“Taken as a whole, our results demonstrate that drawing construct-level inferences about incremental validity is considerably more difficult than most researchers recognize. We do not think it is alarmist to suggest that many, and perhaps most, incremental validity claims put forward in the social sciences to date have not been adequately supported by empirical evidence, and run a high risk of spuriousness.”

From Discover Magazine

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Original article : Statistically Controlling for Confounding Constructs Is Harder than You Think

From PLoS ONE

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