Volume 8 Issue 1 (2012)
Provocative Idea

Statistical Reporting with Philip's Sextuple and Extended Sextuple: A Simple Method for Easy Communication of Findings

Philip Tromovitch
Doshisha University
Published December 13, 2012
  • research education,
  • research reporting & publishing,
  • statistical reporting,
  • research method,
  • experimental design,
  • quasi-experimental design,
  • statistical analysis,
  • statistical significance,
  • effect size,
  • risk ratio,
  • odds ratio
  • ...More


The advance of science and human knowledge is impeded by misunderstandings of various statistics, insufficient reporting of findings, and the use of numerous standardized and non-standardized presentations of essentially identical information. Communication with journalists and the public is hindered by the failure to present statistics that are easy for non-scientists to interpret as well as by use of the word significant, which in scientific English does not carry the meaning of "important" or "large." This article promotes a new standard method for reporting two-group and two-variable statistics that can enhance the presentation of relevant information, increase understanding of findings, and replace the current presentations of two-group ANOVA, t-tests, correlations, chi-squares, and z-tests of proportions. A brief call to highly restrict the publication of risk ratios, odds ratios, and relative increase in risk percentages is also made, since these statistics appear to provide no useful scientific information regarding the magnitude of findings.