## Things to say, professionally, of small significance

May 31st, 2016The Still Not Significant blog lists lots of ways to mutter, in professional language, if your research findings are statistically marginal. Among them:

What to do if your p-value is just over the arbitrary threshold for ‘significance’ of p=0.05? … The solution is to apply the time-honoured tactic of circumlocution to disguise the non-significant result as something more interesting. The following list is culled from peer-reviewed journal articles in which (a) the authors set themselves the threshold of 0.05 for significance, (b) failed to achieve that threshold value for p and (c) described it in such a way as to make it seem more interesting:

a borderline significant trend (p=0.09)

a clear trend (p<0.09)

a clear, strong trend (p=0.09)

a decreasing trend (p=0.09)

a definite trend (p=0.08)

a favorable trend (p=0.09)

a favourable statistical trend (p=0.09)

a little significant (p<0.1)

a marginal trend (p=0.09)

a marked trend (p=0.07)

a mild trend (p<0.09)

a near-significant trend (p=0.07)

a negative trend (p=0.09)

a nonsignificant trend (p<0.1)

a notable trend (p<0.1)

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[see the original article for the full list]