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Statistics: Statistical Significance and Null Hypothesis

  1. Feb 16, 2006 #1
    Heres the problem:

    When asked to explain the meaning of "statistically significant at the 0.05 level," a student says, "This means there is only probability 0.05 that the null hypothesis is true." Is this an essentially correct explanation of statistical significance? Explain.


    Help please. Appreciated.
     
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  3. Feb 17, 2006 #2

    EnumaElish

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    Can you perhaps mention some of your thoughts as to what the answer might be?

    If you are finding it difficult to answer that, try to answer this: what is the definition of stat. significance?

    Reading this might help.
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2006
  4. Feb 17, 2006 #3

    0rthodontist

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    He already posted the same question in the statistics forum.
     
  5. Feb 17, 2006 #4

    EnumaElish

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    How do you know it's a he? Jay-Lo? Hello?
     
  6. Feb 17, 2006 #5

    0rthodontist

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    Ahh... of course I assumed he meant his name to be pronounced with a soft j, like "halo," and all Halo aficionados are male.

    No, I'm kidding, I didn't notice the name.
     
  7. Feb 17, 2006 #6

    EnumaElish

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    Regardless of gender, jlo2006 should not have cross-posted.
     
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