Tag: biostatistics

Epi 101: Indirect Age Adjustment by Hand and in R

Sometimes, age-specific death counts are hard to come by. Something happened that doesn’t allow you to know how many people died in each age group, but you know the total number of people who died. So how do you account for differences in the age distribution of the population? Glad you asked!

Poopooing the P-Value

Have we become too dependent on the p-value being greater than or less than 0.05 in order to make our decisions? Yes. Probably. Maybe. I’m 95% confident we have…

When the Numbers Don’t Say What You Think They Say

Sometimes it’s possible to see some numbers and think that there is some sort of pattern or association there. Then we do the math and it turns out that what we saw was observed just by chance. Such is the case with this one observation seen by an anti-vaccine friendly pediatrician.