Is this significant?


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Here’s a situation I come across all the time.
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Someone points to their survey and asks, “Is this significant?”
I stare blankly at them. “Is what significant?”
Pointing again, they clarify their question, “This number here, is this number significant?”
I keep staring blankly, “Single numbers can’t be significant. It’s just a number.”
Now it is the asker’s turn to stare blankly at me.
I continue my answer, “A single number isn’t significant but a pair of numbers can be statistically different from each other. What number are you comparing it to?”
Eyes blinking, waiting, watching.
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“Yes, yes, that single number is significant.”
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Always remember, you endured what seemed liked decades of statistics classes to get where you are. You know what they mean, speak English, not statistician.

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  • One response

    1. thank you. huge pet peeve of mine.

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