The goal of statistics

John Haman


Categories: Statistics Tags: Statistics

The goal of statistics is to summarize without misleading

That’s one view. I think as long as statisticians keep their eyes on the ball – focus estimation on the relevant quantities that directly link to research questions – we are doing the right thing. The specific philosophy doesn’t matter. What’s more important than the method is the data going into it, the assumptions we make about the data, and how seriously we take those assumptions.