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Homework Help: Chi^2 (What is it?)

  1. Aug 30, 2006 #1
    Does anyone know what Chi^2 is? and if the smaller or larger number is better when computing data......I can't find an answer on the web
     
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  3. Aug 30, 2006 #2
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    Try typing: chi squared, it gets some results such as http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Chi-SquaredDistribution.html" [Broken]
     
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  4. Aug 30, 2006 #3

    Andrew Mason

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    Are you talking about statistics or electro-magnetism?

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  5. Sep 1, 2006 #4

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    Chi^2 tells how FAR the presumed fit is from actually DESCRIBING the data.
    Chi^2 _much_ larger than 1 means you have the wrong model ...
     
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