Attempts to attain knowledge as certified true belief have failed to circumvent Hume’s injunction against induction. Theories must be viewed as unprovable, improbable, and undisprovable. The empirical basis is fallible, and yet the method of conjectures and refutations is untouched by Hume’s insights. The implications for statistical methodology is that the requisite severity of testing is achieved through the use of robust procedures, whose assumptions have not been shown to be substantially violated, to test predesignated range null hypotheses. Nonparametric range null hypothesis tests need to be developed to examine whether or not effect sizes or measures of association, as well as distributional assumptions underlying the tests themselves, meet satisficing criteria.
Serlin, Ronald C.
Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods:
2, Article 31.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/jmasm/vol1/iss2/31