# statistical significance

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## sta·tis·ti·cal sig·nif·i·cance

(stă-tis'ti-kăl sig-nif'i-kăns),Statistical methods allow an estimate to be made of the probability of the observed degree of association between variables, and from this the statistical significance can be expressed, commonly in terms of the

*p*value.## statistical significance

A term used in statistical analysis when a hypothesis is rejected. As a general rule, the non plus minimum significance level is 5%—i.e., it is said to be significant at the 5% level—which means that when the null hypothesis is true, there is only a 1-in-20 chance of rejecting it.## statistical significance

Significance Statistics A statement of the probability that an observation represents a true causal relationship and not a chance occurrence; the probability that an event or difference occurred as the result of an intervention–eg, a vaccine, rather than by chance alone; this probability is determined by using statistical tests to evaluate collected data. See Significance.## sta·tis·ti·cal sig·nif·i·cance

(stă-tis'ti-kăl sig-nif'i-kăns)Statistical methods that allow an estimate to be made of the probability of the observed degree of association between variables, and from this the statistical significance can be expressed, commonly in terms of the

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