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    Can ANOVA measure causal strength?

    Northcott, Robert (2008) Can ANOVA measure causal strength? Quarterly Review of Biology 83 (1), pp. 47-55. ISSN 0033-5770.

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    Abstract

    The statistical technique of analysis of variance is often used by biologists as a measure of the relative strength or importance of causal factors. I argue that it is a tool ill-suited to this purpose, on several grounds. I suggest a superior alternative and outline its implications. I finish with a diagnosis of the source of error—an unwitting inheritance of bad philosophy that now requires the remedy of better philosophy.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): absolute, analysis of variance, causal strength, causation, data, group, individual, intervention, level, measurement, relative, variance
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 15:19
    Last Modified: 20 Nov 2014 15:19
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/11079

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