will find an Adobe PDF file: Chapter
2 of STRUTS: Statistical Rules of Thumb, by Gerald
van Belle and Steve Millard. Our intent is to give some
simple rules of thumb that are widely applicable,
robust, elegant and capture key statistical concepts. A
statistical rule of thumb provides a framework for
considering statistical questions such as sample size,
association design of experiments (topics that are
Our intended audience is broadly that of
statistically literate readers. We assume that this
includes applied statisticians, students of statistics,
researchers who routinely face statistical questions,
and those who would want to have an intuitive
understanding of basic statistical concepts.
We have called these statistical rules of thumb,
struts. First, it is a convenient acronym and second,
these rules in many ways provide a framework for answers
to many statistical questions.
The purpose of presenting this chapter is to sollicit
from you statistical rules of thumb that you may be
aware of, or use in your statistical practice. We will
acknowledge your contribution. We are also interested in
your comments on the content and format of this chapter.
We have an informal agreement with John Wiley and Sons
for the publication of the book.
Send your suggested rules of thumb to Gerald van
Belle. His e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
He can also be reached at NRCSE.