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## sig·nif·i·cant

(sig-nif'i-kănt),
In statistics, denoting the reliability of a finding or, conversely, the probability of the finding being the result of chance (generally less than 5%).
[L. significo, to make known, signify, fr. signum, sign, + facio, to make]

## significant

/sig·nif·i·cant/ (sig-nif´ĭ-kant) in statistics, probably resulting from something other than chance.

## sig·nif·i·cant

(sig-nif'i-kănt)
In statistics, denoting the reliability of a finding or, conversely, the probability of the finding being the result of chance (generally less than 5%).
[L. significo, to make known, signify, fr. signum, sign, + facio, to make]

## significant

said of an experimental result when it is greater than would be expected by chance. The degree of the significance can be expressed as a percentage, given the likely probability of the results occurring.

significant digit
the number of decimal places for which the result is accurate.
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These contracts were analyzed for the distribution of the first significant digit, at the end and over the course of that year.
In the input interface of ternary optical computer, users will provide with dividend, significant digits of the divisor n, m and the significant G of the quotient required by the user when the user input the operation request and the original data.
It is worth remembering why it is important: The inappropriate use of significant digits can misrepresent scientific data with potential consequences for decision-making.
The sixth order polynomial in which the coefficients used with at least 16 significant digits for extension torque measurement results approximation it is appropriate to use.
We assumed that a minor deviation in each input parameter, in terms of its significant digits approximation, could contribute some effects on the simulation outcome that could possibly explain the discrepancy between the simulated results and Philip's semianalytical solution (Figure 1).
10 Note (4) 6 \$0 Note (1): Interest rates are shown at several significant digits in order to show the reader comparisons between different calculation methods.
In addition, the least significant digits are unstable.
We process numbers effectively when they have at most 2 significant digits.
We report numbers with too many significant digits (often by converting from English to metric units) and without error margins, mostly because we either have only one rep or we don't want to draw attention to imperfections in the data.
Rounding errors may occur - grades to 2 significant digits in this table.
Clinical reasoning is replaced by following a practice "guideline" from one prescribed information bit to another, and a diagnosis means a number with five significant digits (never mind that the first one is dubious) attached to an appropriate procedure code.
The west, too, had equally dedicated zealots; Rheticus, who was mentored by Copernicus, along with a team of four others, in a labor of twelve years, generated 388,800 entries of tables for the six standard trigonometric functions to fifteen significant digits in the last seven hundred pages of his Opus Palatinum.

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