Multiple Comparisons, Statistics of

Peter H. Westfall

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An overview of the current state of multiple comparisons is given, with special application to the social sciences. The problems caused by multiple comparisons are detailed, and Bayesian and frequentist solutions are discussed. Special emphasis is given on definition of the 'family' of statistical inferences, as well as on pre-registration of studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Bayesian statistics
  • False discovery rate
  • Familywise error rate
  • Fraud
  • Hierarchical model
  • Meta-analysis
  • Power
  • Regression
  • Replicability
  • Shrinkage estimate
  • Type I error


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