Improving your statistical inferences

Eindhoven University of Technology

This course, offered by Eindhoven University of Technology, is designed to empower learners with the ability to draw better statistical inferences from empirical research. The curriculum covers a wide range of essential topics, including interpreting p-values, effect sizes, confidence intervals, Bayes Factors, and likelihood ratios. Learners will gain insights into experimental design, controlling false positive rates, and determining sample size to achieve high statistical power. The course also delves into crucial aspects of the scientific process, such as publication bias, philosophy of science, theory construction, and cumulative science. Practical assignments provide hands-on experience in simulating t-tests, calculating likelihood ratios, and applying Bayesian statistics. Moreover, the course addresses important concepts like optional stopping, equivalence testing, and open science principles.

  • Enhance statistical inferences and experimental design
  • Interpret p-values, effect sizes, and confidence intervals
  • Control false positive rates and determine sample size
  • Explore publication bias and open science principles
  • Engage in practical assignments for hands-on learning

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Improving your statistical inferences
Course Modules

This course comprises eight modules, covering topics ranging from frequentist statistics and Bayesian thinking to philosophy of science, theory construction, and open science principles.

Introduction + Frequentist Statistics

This module provides an introduction to frequentist statistics and Bayesian thinking, allowing learners to build a strong foundation in statistical concepts. Topics include interpreting p-values, understanding type 1 and type 2 errors, and the structure of the course. Practical assignments and quizzes enhance the learning experience.

Likelihoods & Bayesian Statistics

Learners delve deeper into likelihoods and Bayesian statistics, gaining insights from an interview with an expert in the field. The module covers topics such as binomial Bayesian inference, Bayesian thinking, and practical assignments to apply the acquired knowledge.

Multiple Comparisons, Statistical Power, Pre-Registration

This module focuses on multiple comparisons, statistical power, and pre-registration. Learners explore type 1 and type 2 error control, pre-registration processes, and engage in practical assignments to reinforce their understanding of positive predictive value and optional stopping.

Effect Sizes

Learners gain a comprehensive understanding of effect sizes, including Cohen's d and correlations. The module provides practical assignments to calculate effect sizes, enabling learners to apply the concepts covered to real-world scenarios.

Confidence Intervals, Sample Size Justification, P-Curve analysis

Topics in this module include confidence intervals, sample size justification, and P-curve analysis. Learners learn to interpret confidence intervals, justify sample sizes, and perform P-curve analysis. Practical assignments further reinforce the application of these concepts.

Philosophy of Science & Theory

This module delves into philosophy of science, theory construction, and equivalence testing. Learners explore the foundations of scientific theory, the concept of the null hypothesis, and engage in practical assignments to apply equivalence testing principles.

Open Science

The final module covers replications, publication bias, and open science. Learners gain insight into the importance of replications, the impact of publication bias, and the principles of open science. The module culminates in a comprehensive assignment to apply open science principles.

Final Exam

The final exam module provides learners with the opportunity to test their understanding of the course material, reinforcing their knowledge and skills in statistical inferences and experimental design.

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