The saga of the summer 2017, a.k.a. 'the alpha wars'

I have strong doubts that someone reading a blog called barely significant in this troubled period might have escaped the saga of the summer. However, as this story relates closely to the name of this blog and to the motivations behind its creation, I could not help myself to write a summary of this saga (or of its beginning, at least), to inform any unfortunate people that might have missed it.

On power and the 'match point situation'

In this post I will argue that the “match point situation” (i.e., the situation in which your entire life is dictated by chance only), is an everyday’ situation for the researcher who uses Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (NHST) without controlling power.