A sensible formulation of the significance test

Psychol Methods. 2000 Dec;5(4):411-4. doi: 10.1037/1082-989x.5.4.411.


The conventional procedure for null hypothesis significance testing has long been the target of appropriate criticism. A more reasonable alternative is proposed, one that not only avoids the unrealistic postulation of a null hypothesis but also, for a given parametric difference and a given error probability, is more likely to report the detection of that difference.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Confidence Intervals
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Humans
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychometrics*
  • Reproducibility of Results