Why bother?

This is something I hope they never do to my work:

Joint RSS/MRC/NIHR HTA meeting on Futility Analysis in Clinical Trials

(sorry, I can’t get the link to go to the right page)
Ah, a quick google helps me find out that futility analysis is a form of interim analysis, i.e. you look at the data before the experiment is finished to see if it is worth continuing.
I have come across experiments where that should have been done that before the start.

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3 Responses to Why bother?

  1. Frank Norman says:

    That sounds like a cool job title.
    “What do you do?”
    “I’m a futility analyst”.
    Every University should have one.

  2. Anna Kushnir says:

    Isn’t ‘futility analyst’ just another name for ‘graduate student’?
    Sorry. It appears I am still bitter.

  3. Henry Gee says:

    I used to be apathetic, but now I couldn’t give a damn.