June News Update

Conference at Pécs We enjoyed a very successful first UV4Plants conference at Pécs, Hungary. Sixty four persons from 18 countries participated, with very many interesting talks, posters, and discussions. Photographs are available in a gallery page. The book of abstracts is available as a pdf file. General Assembly held at Pécs The minutes from the General Assembly are also available as a pdf file. The rules were amended by the General Assembly, and the updated version has replaced the one drafted in 2014. Some members from the previous Management Group plus new members were elected for a two-year term. The newly elected president and vice president are Prof. Gareth Jenkins and Prof. Éva Hideg. Training School at Pécs The two-days long training school was attended by nearly 30 young researchers. The training school was organized following the tradition of those earlier organized by the UV4growth COST action. Photographs are available in a gallery page. UV4Plants Bulletin Both whole issues, and the articles contained in them have now been assigned DOIs and are available through our repository. Anybody with a DOI for an article in our Bulletin can download its PDF as they have open access. The PDFs and DOIs are available at the UV4Plants Bulletin…

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Follow-up to the statement on p-values by ASA

The American Statistical Association Says [Mostly] No to p-values Norman Matloff has published a new post after receiving criticism and comments about stating “The ASA says No to p-values” in his post I wrote about some days ago. He defends his interpretation in this new post. However, I think, the interpretation of  the statement in a context different from the “Big data” field to which he is used to does not need to always be “Says No to p-values” but instead in many cases could be “Use p-values to assess the strength of the evidence and nothing else”.  However, “tests” with binary outcomes on probabilities that are essentially continuous, will always be based on an arbitrary threshold and discard a great deal of information. Consequently to me using as suggested by Norman Matloff  “assess” in place of “test” makes a lot of sense. The new post is at https://matloff.wordpress.com/2016/03/09/further-comments-on-the-asa-manifesto/ “Itʹs Not The P-valuesʹ Fault” Joint post by Yoav Benjamini and Tal Galili. The post highlights points raised by Yoav in his official response to the ASA statement… Source: It’s Not The P-values’ Fault – Reflections On The Recent ASA Statement (+relevant R Resources) | R-statistics Blog P-values: the Continuing Saga I highly recommend the blog post by Yoav Benjamini and…

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