Anyone who conducts and/or publishes research in the fields of economics, medicine, education, sociology, biology, criminal justice, psychology, (fill in your discipline here!), etc. is most likely not only familiar with the concept of a P-value, but has had research findings depend on it.
Unfortunately, this is usually at the dismay of mathematicians and statisticians, as the P-value is not all it’s cracked up to be. You will be investigating this for this week’s discussion board.
- In a brief paragraph, summarize what the P-value is, and how it is used to “strengthen” the findings in papers published in the fields listed above. Be sure to cite any sources that you pull from.
- Search online for an article from the past couple years that talks about how the P-value can be, or has been, misused, or if it should not be used anymore, or some other criticism of the use of the P-value method. Write a short paragraph summarizing the main points of the article, post the active link of the article so others can access it.