BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online

    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.

    Full text not available from this repository.


    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.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): absolute, analysis of variance, causal strength, causation, data, group, individual, intervention, level, measurement, relative, variance
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 15:19
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:13


    Activity Overview
    6 month trend
    6 month trend

    Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.

    Archive Staff Only (login required)

    Edit/View Item Edit/View Item