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August, 1991 Avoiding Statistical Pitfalls
Christopher Chatfield
Statist. Sci. 6(3): 240-252 (August, 1991). DOI: 10.1214/ss/1177011686


In many real-life problems, avoiding trouble can be at least as important as achieving optimality and is a necessary precondition anyway. Some guidelines are suggested for avoiding pitfalls throughout a statistical investigation. A range of real-life examples is presented to show how difficulties can arise in practice and how they may be overcome. These examples are unlike the idealized and sanitized illustrations that typically appear in the literature.


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Christopher Chatfield. "Avoiding Statistical Pitfalls." Statist. Sci. 6 (3) 240 - 252, August, 1991.


Published: August, 1991
First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/ss/1177011686

Keywords: asking questions , consulting , Graphs , IDA , messy data , model-building , objectives , strategy

Rights: Copyright © 1991 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Vol.6 • No. 3 • August, 1991
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