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How many of the digits in a mean of 12.3456789012 are worth reporting?

BMC Research Notes

Mar 18, 2019

R.S. Clymo

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A computer program tells me that a mean value is 12.3456789012, but how many of these digits are significant (the rest being random junk)? Should I report: 12.3?, 12.3456?, or even 10 (if only the first digit is significant)? There are several rules-of-thumb but, surprisingly (given tha...read more

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Data Interpretation, Statistical
Diabetes Mellitus
Scanning Electron Microscopy
Medical Research Activity
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  • How many of the digits in a mean of 12.3456789012 are worth reporting?

    BMC Research Notes

    Mar 18, 2019

    R.S. Clymo

    PMID: 30885264

    DOI: 10.1186/s13104-019-4175-6

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    A computer program tells me that a mean value is 12.3456789012, but how many of these digits are significant (the rest being random junk)? Should I report: 12.3?, 12.3456?, or even 10 (if only the first digit is significant)? There are several rules-of-thumb but, surprisingly (given tha...read more

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    Data Interpretation, Statistical
    Diabetes Mellitus
    Scanning Electron Microscopy
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    2
    2
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