P value


: the probability of an event or outcome in a statistical experiment
specifically : level of significance

Examples of P value in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Often two separate factors affect the P value: how far a sample deviates from what is expected in a population and how common big deviations are. Jack Murtagh, Scientific American, 25 May 2024 But the results just missed statistical significance, with a P value of 0.058. Jason Mast Reprints, STAT, 21 Sep. 2023 These data are not subject to multiple comparisons effects because the P value is simply a criterion for a binary partition of the dataset. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 20 Oct. 2017

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Word History



First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of P value was in 1947

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“P value.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/P%20value. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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