“A Statistical Guide for the Ethically Perplexed” (Chapter 4, Panter & Sterba, Handbook of Ethics in Quantitative Methodology, Routledge, 2011): Clarifying Disorientation Regarding the Etiology and Meaning of the Term Optimal as Used in the Optimal Data Analysis (ODA) Paradigm

Paul R. Yarnold

Optimal Data Analysis, LLC

The authors of Chapter 4 complain that use of the word “optimal” in the name Optimal Data Analysis (ODA) is unethical because it implies that alternative data analysis methods are less than optimal. The present Errata note addresses this misunderstanding.

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