Frank de Libero writes:
I read your Chance article (disproving that no one reads Chance!) re communicating about flawed psychological research. And I know from your other writings of your continuing good fight against misleading quantitative work. I think you and your students might be interested on my recent critique of a 2011 paper published in Psychological Science, “Income Inequality and Happiness” by Shigehiro Oishi, et al. The critique is here.
The blog post demonstrates that treating ordinal numbers with respect along with an eye to robustness leads to contrary conclusions – and a more interesting conjecture. If nothing else for your students, the post is an example of how an applied statistician thinks.
I have emailed the three authors and editor. I don’t expect to see a retraction. But maybe someone will pick up on the recommendations. We’ll see.
De Libero’s critique is worth reading. Lots of interesting points, could be a good example for a statistics class, if the instructor is looking for something that, unlike typical textbook analyses, does not have a simple clean story. Also there seem to be problem with this paper published in Psychological Science, but that’s hardly news. . . .
P.S. In the old days I would’ve crossposted this on the sister blog. But now they don’t like running duplicate material, and so I thought it better to post in this space, since here we get good discussions in the comments.