What Can Statistics Do For Us?


As the study of biology becomes more quantitative, statistics become increasingly important. Measuring confidence of our quantitative results can often be done using statistical methods, whether we are focused on our favorite pathway or performing genome-scale experiments. For biologists who are (or once were) not so statistics-savvy, it's easy to think that statistics will provide us with answers to questions that are much too messy otherwise. We've invariably been encouraged to include p-values in presentations and publications.

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