Welcome

Welcome to the ITNS blog, our internet home designed to help students, teachers, and others get the cropped-51h9QryV00L._AC_US160_.jpgmost out of Introduction to the New Statistics. For more information about the book, see the publisher’s page for ITNS here. At that page, click ‘Look inside’ to see the Contents, Preface, and Chapter 1 in full.

What will you find here?

  • Blog posts from Geoff and Bob with musings and new articles related to the New Statistics and Open Science
  • Information about the first book, Understanding the New Statistics
  • Previous versions of ESCI: Use the ‘ESCI’ tab at the top of this page

Looking for instructor resources? These are on the publisher’s companion website for the book here.

Are you a student looking to download ESCI, data sets, flashcards, or other resources?  These are on the publisher’s companion website for the book here.


  • Statistical Cognition: An Invitation- Statistical Cognition (SC) is the study of how people understand--or, quite often, misunderstand--statistical concepts or presentations. Is it better to report results using numbers, or graphs? Are confidence intervals (CIs) appreciated better if shown as error bars in a graph or as numerical values? And so on. These are all…
  • A Second Edition of ITNS? Here’s the Latest- Our first blog post about a possible second edition of ITNS is here. All the comments I made there, and the questions I asked, remain relevant. We've had some very useful feedback and suggestions, but we'd love more. You could even tell us about aspects of ITNS that you think…
  • Play, Wonder, Empathy – Latest Educational Trends, Says The Open University- My long-time friend and colleague Mike Sharples told me about the recently released Innovating Pedagogy 2019 report from The Open University (U.K.). It's the seventh in an annual series initiated by Mike. Each report aims to describe a number of promising trends in learning and teaching. There's not much by…
  • Sizing up behavioral neuroscience – a meta-analysis of the fear-conditioning literature- Inadequate sample sizes are kryptonite to good science--they produce waste, spurious results, and inflated effect sizes.  Doing science with an inadequate sample is worse than doing nothing.  In the neurosciences, large-scale surveys of the literature show that inadequate sample sizes are pervasive in some subfields, but not in others (Button…
  • Sadly, Dichotomous Thinking Persists in HCI Research- A few words about the latest from Pierre Dragicevic. He's an HCI researcher in Paris who totally gets the need for the new statistics. I've written about his work before, here and here. Now, with colleague Lonni Besançon, he reports a study of how HCI researchers have reported statistical inference…
  • Internal Meta-Analysis: The Latest- I recently wrote in favour of internal meta-analysis, which refers to m-a that integrates evidence from two or more studies on more-or-less the same question, all coming from the same lab and perhaps reported in a single article. The post is here. This month's issue of Significance magazine carries an…
  • Abandon Statistical Significance!- That's the title of a paper accepted for publication in The American Statistician. (I confess that I added the "!") The paper is here. Scroll down below to see the abstract. The paper boasts an interdisciplinary team of authors, including Andrew Gelman of blog fame. I was, of course, eager…
  • Open Science DownUnder: Simine Comes to Town- A week or two ago Simine Vazire was in town. Fiona Fidler organised a great Open Science jamboree to celebrate. The program is here and a few of the sets of slides are here. Simine on the credibility revolution First up was Simine, speaking to the title THE CREDIBILITY REVOLUTION…
  • Cabbage? Open Science and cardiothoracic surgery- "The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone's backyard." --a well-known quote from John Tukey. Cabbage? That's CABG--see below. A week or so ago Lindy and I spent a very enjoyable 5 days of sun, surf, and sand at Noosa Heads in Queensland.…
  • Internal Meta-Analysis: Useful or Disastrous?- A recent powerful blog post (see below) against internal meta-analysis prompts me to ask the question above. (Actually, Steve Lindsay prompted me to write this post; thanks Steve.) In ITNS we say, on p. 243: "To carry out a meta-analysis you need a minimum of two studies, and it can…
  • Eating Disorders Research: Open Science and The New Statistics- I'm in Sydney, the great Manly surf beach just over the road. It's an easy ferry ride to the Opera House and city centre. Lindy and I started this trip up from Melbourne with a few days with a cousin, at her house high above Killcare beach an hour north…
  • Cochrane: Matthew Page Wins the Prize!- Years ago, Matthew Page was a student in the School of Psychological Science at La Trobe University (in Melbourne), working with Fiona Fidler and me. He somehow (!) became interested in research methods and practices, especially as related to meta-analysis. He moved to Cochrane Australia, which is based at Monash…
  • Draw Pictures to Improve Learning?- In ITNS we included a short section near the start describing good strategies for learning, based on empirical studies. Scattered through the book are reminders and encouragement to use the effective strategies. Now, just as we're thinking about possible improvements in a second edition, comes this review article: Fernandes, M.…
  • ITNS–The Second Edition!- Routledge, our publisher, has started planning for a second edition. That's very exciting news! The only problem is that Bob and I can't think of anything that needs improving. Ha! But, seriously, we'd love to hear from you about things we should revise, update, or somehow improve. (Of course, we'd…
  • Open Science DownUnder — Fiona Fidler reports- Last week, the 2018 Australasian Open Science Conference was held in Brisbane at the University of Queensland: The first conference in Oz on the themes of Open Science and how to improve how science is done. They expected 40 and 140 turned up! By all reports it was a rip-roaring…
  • A Wonderful Panorama of Statistics- Bob and I have been off-air for a while, but we haven't gone away. I've been meaning for ages to blog about a wonderful book. Here it is: Sowey, E., & Petocz, P. (2017). A panorama of statistics: Perspectives, puzzles and paradoxes in statistics. Wiley. And the flyer with succinct…
  • Positive Controls for Psychology – My pitch for a SIPS project- Positive controls are one of the most useful tools for ensuring interpretable and fruitful research.  Strangely, though, positive controls are rarely used in psychological research.  That's a shame, but also an opportunity--it would be an easy but substantial improvement for psychological researchers to start using regularly using positive controls.  I…
  • Precision for Planning: Great New Developments- --updated with a link from Ken Kelley to access the functions in the paper, 6/28/2018-- In a new-statistics world, the best way to choose N for a study is to use precision for planning (PfP), also known as accuracy in parameter estimation (AIPE). Both our new-statistics books explain PfP and…
  • Effect Sizes for Open Science- For the last 20 years or so, many journals have emphasised the reporting of effect sizes. The new statistics emphasised also the reporting of CIs on those effect sizes. Now Open Science places effect sizes, CIs, and their interpretation centre stage. Here's a recent article with interesting discussion and much…
  • APS in San Fran 3: Workshop on Teaching the New Stats- Tamarah Smith and Bob presented a workshop on Teaching the New Stats to an almost sold-out crowd. I wasn't there, but by all reports it went extremely well. Such a workshop seems to me a terrific way to help interested stats teachers introduce the new stats into their own teaching.…