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May 22, 1926

Statistical Analysis.

JAMA. 1926;86(21):1647. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670470055031

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This is primarily designed as a general introduction to statistical methods. It is clearly written and well provided with illustrations. The examples and illustrations are based chiefly on economic data, so that the book is not especially adapted for physicians or other students of vital statistics. The author's handling is conservative and never extreme. He sees clearly that the statistical method can never take the place of experiment where experiment is possible. Applied to data such as are found in many biologic problems where many separate and distinct factors are concerned and where experiment is not feasible, the statistical method may be valuable. The temper of the discussion may be gathered from the following statement, which might profitably be kept in mind by all who attempt to use the statistical method of analysis: "Statistical results may create presumptions in favor of certain conclusions. They rarely dispose of matters completely."

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