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6 However, in order to give some insight into the use of F-distributions, a simple one-way ANOVA example is given below. A group of patients, randomly selected from a homogeneous population, is treated with a drug, while another group, randomly selected from the same population, is treated with a placebo. The groups are compared by measuring an objective test value and a statistical test is performed to assess the probability that the drug treatment has been effective. The assessment is phrased in terms of the probability that the null hypothesis H0 = “the drug has no influence” is true.

G. p(x|y) is the conditional probability of finding x, given the value of y. The conditional probability makes sense only when x and y are somehow related to each other: if they are independent of each other, p(x|y) obviously does not depend on y: p(x|y) = p(x) (x, y independent). 4) p(y) = p(x, y) dx. 5) The integrations are carried out over the full domains of the variables y and x. A summary of the properties of one- and two-dimensional probability functions is given on the data sheet PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTIONS on page 211.

000 029% in an experiment, you may safely conclude that is it improbable that such a deviation occurs by chance and designate the deviation as significant. e. on the consequences of the decision taken on the basis of the measurement) and on the taste of the researcher. Of course the criterium used should always be made specific. You should be especially careful when you consider the significance of one out of a series of experiments. g. 5σ for at least 1 out of 100 results. Selecting the “significant” experiments and disregarding the “insignificant” ones, is a scientific crime.