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The p and the Peas: An Intuitive Modeling Approach to Hypothesis Testing

C. Neuhauser, E. Stanley (2011)

Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena

We propose a novel approach to introducing hypothesis testing into the biology curriculum. Instead of telling students the hypothesis and what kind of data to collect followed by a rigid recipe of testing the hypothesis with a given test statistic, we ask students to develop a hypothesis and a mathematical model that describes the null hypothesis. Simulation of the model under the null hypothesis allows students to compare their experimental data...

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