Sorting Out Statistics

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The outcome of many biomedical experiments comes down to two questions: 1) Is it statistically significant? and 2) Is it biomedically meaningful? The answer to the latter, of course, determines the importance to the researcher and the biomedical community, but it is closely linked to the answer to the former — at least with quantitative data. Biomedical research is becoming more quantitative, and statistical theory and practice is becoming increasingly important to researchers.

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