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Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 1332–1334 | Cite as

The human sex odds at birth after the atmospheric atomic bomb tests, after Chernobyl, and in the vicinity of nuclear facilities: comment

  • Walter Krämer
Commentary

Abstract

The recent claim made in this journal that nuclear bomb tests and the Chernobyl disaster caused distortions in the secondary sex ratio is shown to be a likely artifact of data mining, misused statistics, and misreading of the evidence. In particular, the concept of statistical “significance” and its limitations do not seem to be fully understood, and important confounding factors have not been accounted for.

Keywords

Radiation Misused statistics Sex odds 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of StatisticsTU DortmundDortmundGermany

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