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How not to consult your biostatistician before doing an experiment

A friend of mine at work sent this video to me in great amusement.

I just hope he wasn’t making a comment on my behavior when it comes to dealing with our biostatisticians. I have, of course, seen investigators approach biostatistians this late in the game. Not that I’ve ever flirted with this sort of behavior, of course. At least the researcher in the video above actually consulted the biostatistician before doing the experiment, rather than after doing an experiment with inadequate statistical power to answer the question asked. On the other hand, I guess it doesn’t matter if the researcher doesn’t listen, does it?

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8 thoughts on “How not to consult your biostatistician before doing an experiment

  1. swienke says:

    Brilliant. That’s the best thing I’ve seen all day.

  2. Maz says:

    Oh man, that’s friggin’ golden. Reminds me a little bit of the retro-encabulator:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5125780462773187994#

  3. JMB says:

    I guess some things haven’t really changed in the last 25 years.

  4. Wolfy says:

    “. . .my grant is due tomorrow!” Thanks, Gorski, that was F-en awesome!!

  5. Carpus says:

    “At least the researcher in the video above actually consulted the biostatistician before doing the experiment, rather than after doing an experiment with inadequate statistical power to answer the question asked.”

    Actually, it’s more likely that the researcher already did the study – complete with inadequate statistical power – and is just now getting a grant to ‘fund’ it.

  6. mstahre says:

    Sadly, I know some researchers like that. At least it was with mice and not humans.

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