119: Rules of thumb

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Podcast: Everything Hertz
Episode: 119: Rules of thumb
Pub date: 2020-11-02

Dan and James discuss how rules of thumbs in science, such as those often applied to sample sizes and effect sizes, lead to mindless research evaluation.

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Episode citation

Quintana, D.S., Heathers, J.A.J. (Hosts). (2020, November 2) “119: Rules of thumb”, Everything Hertz [Audio podcast], DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/UMXR7

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