Aiming for the truth

understanding the difference between validity and precision

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

*Corresponding author for this work

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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
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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