Still against Inferential Statistics: Rejoinder to Nicholson and Ridgway

Stephen Gorard and Patrick White

In their response to our paper, Nicholson and Ridgway agree with the majority of
what we wrote. They echo our concerns about the misuse of inferential statistics and
NHST in particular. Very little of their response explicitly challenges the points we
made but where it does their defence of the use of inferential techniques does not
stand up to scrutiny. Their statements are either contradictory, agreement ‘dressed
up’ as disagreement, appeals to authority, semantic slights of hand, or irrelevant to
our original claims. It is not clear why such a response was needed.