Aiming for the truth

understanding the difference between validity and precision

John R. Attia*, Michael P. Jones, Belinda Suthers

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    Abstract

    In teaching generations of registrars, a recurring theme is the conflation of the concepts of validity and precision, resulting in an erroneous understanding of the role of statistics. In this article, we clarify the definition of these two concepts, looking at what drives these measures and how they can be maximised.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)392-394
    Number of pages3
    JournalMedical Journal of Australia
    Volume205
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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