Bayesian, frequentist and statistical learning perspectives on penalising model complexity

In regression analysis, a common problem is to decide on the right functional form of the fitted model. On the one hand, we would like to make the model as flexible as possible so that it can adjust itself bias-free to the true data-generating process. On the other hand, the more freedom we give the…

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Yes, statistical errors are slowing down scientific progress!

Over at dynamic ecology,  Jeremy Fox argues that Technical statistical mistakes are overrated; ecologists (especially students) worry too much about them. Individually and collectively, technical statistical mistakes hardly ever appreciably slow the progress of entire subfields or sub-subfields. And fixing them rarely meaningfully accelerates progress. continuing with Don’t agree? Try this exercise: name the most…

What’s wrong with null models?

A guest post by Carsten F. Dormann Over the last years, I have been using null models more often than I liked. I had to, when there was no other way to figure out if an ecological pattern was unexpected, or trivial. Inspired by some recent (and also some older) posts, I thought I might throw around…