Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Mathematics and University Honors
Social sciences -- Research -- Statistical methods, Analysis of variance, Statistical hypothesis testing -- Analysis
Null hypothesis testing has been used increasingly over previous years. Many papers have been released critiquing the use and interpretation of these tests, particularly in the fields of medicine and other physical sciences. This study considers the use of Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) testing, a type of null hypothesis test, in sociology research papers. In this study, peer reviewed research articles have been gathered and analyzed based on their misuse and misinterpretation. Common misuses include proof of the null hypothesis and lack of further explanation of statistically significant results in relation to argument of the research. These interpretations, or lack thereof, can be problematic for future research. Potential solutions are included.
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Yang, Nancy, "The (Mis)use of One-Way ANOVA Testing in Sociology Research Papers and Their Implications" (2019). University Honors Theses. Paper 790.