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How many digits in a mean are worth reporting?

bioRxiv

Mar 25, 2014

R S Clymo

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Most bioscientists need to report mean values, yet many have little idea of how many digits are significant, and at what point further digits are mere random junk. Thus a recent report that the mean of 17 values was 3.863 with a standard error of the mean (SEM) of 2.162 revealed only th...read more

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How many digits in a mean are worth reporting?

bioRxiv

Mar 25, 2014

R S Clymo

PMID: 990003558

DOI: 10.1101/003558

Abstract

Most bioscientists need to report mean values, yet many have little idea of how many digits are significant, and at what point further digits are mere random junk. Thus a recent report that the mean of 17 values was 3.863 with a standard error of the mean (SEM) of 2.162 revealed only th...read more

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