The best thinking does not result in smoke after the flashing fire, but in light emerging from the smoke.
Statistics' real contribution to society is primarily moral, not technical.
Steve Vardeman and Max Morris
There are times when not being quantitative is a kind of false piety which can only make obscure and thus more difficult the choices we must make.
John Allan Paulos
I don't think it is necessary to know exactly what I mean.
You cannot have a democracy without a statistical system that is objective and accurate.
Many things in life just cry out not to be explained.
The researcher armed with a confidence interval, but deprived of the false respectability of statistical significance, must work harder to convince himself and others of the importance of his findings. This can only be good.
New statistical methodology is often applied promiscuously, more so if it is complicated, computer-based, and hard to check. The process of connecting it back to the basic principles of statistical inference comes later, but in the long run no methodology can survive if it flouts these principles.
Some people find "Call me Ishmael" unforgettable while others become giddy with anticipation reading "Let Uo be the unit vector and X1 through Xn independent variables with Y as the dependent variable" or "consider the symmetric matrix R.” When it comes to the written word there may be no accounting for taste.
While it may be premature in some cases and unreasonable in others to expect to form lawful relationships between social variables, we shall certainly never do so if we give up the attempt.
It is the mark of an instructed mind
to rest satisfied with the degree of precision
which the nature of the subject permits
and not seek an exactness where only
an approximation of the truth
If there were one approach that was clearly superior, then the Law of the Statistical Jungle would dictate that it would survive, and all of the other techniques would exist only as historical footnotes. The continued survival of all of them, and the constant introduction of new ones, indicates that no clearly superior solution exists; hence, the unfortunate need to think about what we're doing.
Geoffrey Norman and David Streiner