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mon125
05-19-2010, 05:02 AM
I need to hand in a paper and I am not sure how to name a couple of test that I've used.
First: Mann-Whitney U (U in italics?)
Second: I am not sure if it is unpaired t (t in italics) test or just Student's t test

Thanks.

tracylynn
05-19-2010, 11:02 AM
LOL!! Are we in the same class? I am also writing a statistics paper for my class but I used different instruments. However, I think you do not need to italicize the U in Mann-Whitney U. I have seen it without being in italics. As for the t test, I believe you can just say t test. To be honest, I am not 100% sure since my statistics class is killing me. LOL!!

Ania
05-19-2010, 10:56 PM
Second: I am not sure if it is unpaired t (t in italics) test or just Student's t test


It may depend on the field, but I expect my students to write:

one-sample t (df) = xx.xx, p < .xx
OR
independent-samples t (df) = xx.xx, p < .xx
OR
paired-samples t (df) = xx.xx, p < .xx

Gazpacho
05-19-2010, 11:48 PM
What class is it for? Different fields use different conventions.

mon125
05-20-2010, 05:29 AM
It is actually not a class. I am writing a paper in microbiology and I was not sure the actual test nomenclature.

Ania
05-20-2010, 12:07 PM
It is actually not a class. I am writing a paper in microbiology and I was not sure the actual test nomenclature.


Oh, then ignore my answer - it was appropriate for social scientists who follow APA guidelines.
The easiest thing you could do would be taking a look at a recently published paper in your field to check the conventions.
Good luck!

LilJen
05-20-2010, 01:01 PM
Consult your style guides, not (semi-)random people on the Internet!! Look it up in the AMA Manual of Style!

mon125
05-20-2010, 02:40 PM
^^^ Great idea!