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Smells Like Stat Spirit

1 September 2015 81 views One Comment

The signature 90s hit (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”) of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Nirvana (from the city of last month’s JSM) inspired UT-El Paso’s Lawrence Lesser to playfully depict some impressions of our subject.

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Smells Like Stat Spirit
Lyric © 2015 Lawrence M. Lesser, reprinted with permission

Those anecdotes of all your friends
Will make you lose if you depend:
You cannot be so self-assured
With an alpha of one-third!

CHORUS:
Hello hello hello how low
Hello hello hello how low
Hello hello hello how low
Hello hello hello.
Without data, it’s more dangerous:
I would be an ignoramus!
See the skewness, correlate this!
I need data to explain this:
A priori, it’s Pareto,
Bonferroni, a placebo, yeah! Hey!

With data, I do a test:
p-value found, p-value blessed.
A little group the sample’s been:
I always want a bigger n.

(Repeat Chorus, up to last 2 lines)

Simulation, variation, estimation, imputation,
A new trial, a new trial, a new trial, a new trial,
A new trial, a new trial, a new trial, a new trial,
A new trial.

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