The history of the Behrens-Fisher problem and some approximate solutions are reviewed. In outlining relevant statistical hypotheses on the probable difference between two means, the importance of the Behrens- Fisher problem from a theoretical perspective is acknowledged, but it is concluded that this problem is irrelevant for applied research in psychology, education, and related disciplines. The focus is better placed on “shift in location” and, more importantly, “shift in location and change in scale” treatment alternatives.
Sawilowsky, Shlomo S.
"Fermat, Schubert, Einstein, and Behrens-Fisher: The Probable Difference Between Two Means When σ_1^2≠σ_2^2,"
Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods:
2, Article 55.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/jmasm/vol1/iss2/55