Suggestions for pointing out bad statistical practice

August 3, 2018 @jrlewi John Lewis

@jrlewi wrote:

Hello -

Occasionally, I will see questions pop up that indicates the asker is doing something that is not statistically sound. The underlying question is about the code - and I may be able to help them with code that will produce what they want. However, the 'should they be doing this?' question seems to be more relevant. I understand that what constitutes 'statistically sound' is often up for debate, but sometimes what is being done is so blatantly wrong, that I feel uncomfortable helping with the code to do it.

I've hesitated in the past to point these things out within the thread to 1) avoid being rude 2) avoid changing the subject of the thread.

Has anyone else encountered this issue? What are your thoughts/suggestions?

Thanks!

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