The Bayesian New Statistics: Hypothesis testing, estimation, meta-analysis, and power analysis from a Bayesian perspective

Brief Report


In the practice of data analysis, there is a conceptual distinction between hypothesis testing, on the one hand, and estimation with quantified uncertainty on the other. Among frequentists in psychology, a shift of emphasis from hypothesis testing to estimation has been dubbed “the New Statistics” (Cumming 2014). A second conceptual distinction is between frequentist methods and Bayesian methods. Our main goal in this article is to explain how Bayesian methods achieve the goals of the New Statistics better than frequentist methods. The article reviews frequentist and Bayesian approaches to hypothesis testing and to estimation with confidence or credible intervals. The article also describes Bayesian approaches to meta-analysis, randomized controlled trials, and power analysis.


Null hypothesis significance testing Bayesian inference Bayes factor Confidence interval Credible interval Highest density interval Region of practical equivalence Meta-analysis Power analysis Effect size Randomized controlled trial Equivalence testing 



For comments on previous versions of this article, the authors gratefully acknowledge Geoff Cumming, Zoltan Dienes, Gregory Hickock, Michael D. Lee, Joachim Vandekerckhove, and an anonymous reviewer. Correspondence can be addressed to John K. Kruschke, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, 1101 E. 10th St., Bloomington IN 47405-7007, or via electronic mail to More information can be found at


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